Warrnambool man accused of breaching intervention order in custody

A WARRNAMBOOL man charged with breaching an intervention order by staying with his ex-partner and repeatedly contacting her has been held in custody overnight.

Adam Street, 38, of Tarhook Road, applied for bail in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday and is expected to reappear in court today where the charges may be finalised.

Police opposed yesterday’s application, saying Mr Street was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and he had breached an intervention order while on bail.

Constable Robert Wilson said that at 2.30am on February 18 he found Mr Street staying at Darwinia Street in breach of an intervention order banning him from being within 200 metres of the address.

He said Mr Street was arrested. Constable Wilson said police were called again at 4.30am after Mr Street returned to the address.

He said the alleged victim was aware Mr Street was staying there. A friend of the woman had made the complaint to police.

Police allege that between February 18 and 20 Mr Street called the woman or sent text messages to her 159 times.

Police officers yesterday morning arrested Mr Street,  who was staying at a caravan park in Warrnambool.

Mr Street’s solicitor said her client agreed that he had been living at Darwinia Street but claimed he did so at the invitation of the woman.

The court heard Mr Street had prior court appearances for breaching intervention orders involving the same woman. The most recent IVO was amended to ban Mr Street from the address on December 29 last year.

The court heard that if proven, the charges would breach a community corrections order.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the text messages contained harassment and attempts by Mr Street to control the woman.

He said it was a gravely dysfunctional relationship and there had been a complete failure by Mr Street to obey the court.