A FORMER Warrnambool man tracked down by police and arrested on warrants after he avoided attending court has been released on strict bail conditions.
Jayden Carlos McKenna, 19, now of Manifold Street, Woolsthorpe, applied for bail in Warrnambool Magistrates Court.
Police opposed bail after taking months to find and arrest him after he refused to attend court on charges.
Mr McKenna has been charged with a range of offences, dating back to November last year when forensic investigations revealed the accused’s fingerprints on a stolen wheel.
He is also accused of harassing a Koroit woman, jamming her car and house locks with super glue, urinating on her car and causing damage.
Police alleged that when Mr McKenna was jailed in February this year his girlfriend formed a new relationship and Mr McKenna threatened to kill that man from jail.
When Mr McKenna was released from jail on April 30, police allege the accused fronted the new boyfriend at the Centrelink offices and verbally abused the man’s mother.
That night Mr McKenna is alleged by police to have got in a wrestle with the man, punched him a number of times to the head and body and told the man he had friends inside jail who would stab him. The victim suffered a range of minor injuries.
Mr McKenna is also alleged to have breached an intervention order and he told police the alleged victim made his injuries worse by deliberately hitting his head against a wall.
Mr McKenna’s mother and step-father gave evidence yesterday they would inform police if the accused did not comply with his bail conditions.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie decided to bail Mr McKenna on conditions she described as being more onerous than the accused spending time in remand.
Mr McKenna has to report to the Warrnambool police station every day, reside with his mother, abide by a curfew, not leave Victoria, not contact witnesses and start counselling with a psychologist.
Ms McGarvie said if Mr McKenna was to change anything in his life that now was the time for that change.
The case was adjourned until a further hearing on October 30.