A WARRNAMBOOL man only recently released after serving more than six years in jail has now been remanded in custody charged with armed robbery.
Sonny James Dow, 33, of Edwin Court, unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday.
Mr Dow appeared in court shirtless, he was tightly held by two custody officers and was highly agitated throughout his bail/remand hearing.
He spent Sunday night in a Warrnambool hospital with a suspected head injury.
After being refused bail on Monday and while being taken from court, Mr Dow yelled out and struggled with four police custody offices.
He has been charged with armed robbery, theft of a $25,000 ute, reckless conduct endangering death, making a threat to kill, trespass, burglary, theft, unlicensed driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
Detective Acting Sergeant Wayne Ryan said that at 2.30am Sunday Mr Dow entered the rear of an address in Jamieson Street.
He went into a garage and attempted to steal a Mercedes Benz but was unable to operate the gears.
Mr Dow then got in a 2011 Titan ute.
The owner of the vehicle confronted Mr Dow, asked what he was doing and requested the offender leave the property.
Mr Dow is alleged to have pulled out a large knife and threatened to kill the victim.
He drove off. The vehicle also contained tools valued at $5000 which have not been recovered.
At 7.23am Sunday Mr Dow was driving the Tritan in Hopetoun Road when he pulled over and stole newspapers from out the front of a shop.
He then lost control of the ute, crashed into a Crawley Street house and the ute entered the vacant lounge room.
Mr Dow was soon after arrested at the Centro shopping centre.
Detective Acting Sergeant Ryan said Mr Dow made admission to stealing the ute and his involvement in the accident but denied producing a knife during the Jamieson Street incident.
He said he had used ice and cannabis around the time of the offending.
Mr Dow was released from jail late last year after starting to serve a sentence in 2009. He went to Adelaide for a couple of months before returning to Warrnambool last week.
He has extensive criminal history involving crimes of violence and Detective Senior Constable Ryan said the armed robbery had an enormous impact on the victim.
Magistrate Peter Mellas said the case against Mr Dow appeared strong, the most serious charge allegedly involved a knife and it appeared the accused's life had quickly deteriorated after being released from jail.
He said Mr Dow's presentation in court raised significant concerns and he remanded him in custody until July 19.