A Portland man recently released from jail has now been refused bail after being charged with the robbery of $50 from a woman in a tobacco shop.
Maxwell McKenzie, 41, of Wattle Crescent, made an unsuccessful self-represented bail application in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until January 13.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann refused the application, saying Mr McKenzie was an unacceptable risk of committing offences while on bail.
Late last Friday Mr McKenzie was charged with robbery, making a threat to kill, acting in a disruptive manner in a police station after throwing a cup of coffee in an interview room and two counts of resisting emergency workers (police) while they were on duty.
Mr McKenzie was released from prison on October 4 after serving 26 months for assault and breaching court orders.
Detective Senior Constable Tim Chester, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said that just after 5pm last Friday Mr McKenzie and his 18-year-old son Ethan were attending hotels in Portland.
Mr McKenzie was ejected from the Royal Hotel for being intoxicated and breaking a pot glass.
They then took their fishing rods and went to a nearby tobacco shop where Mr McKenzie was yelling out.
The woman in the shop asked him to be a bit quiet as her twin children were asleep in the rear of the shop.
Mr McKenzie called the woman a derogatory name, said he had a gun in his pocket and that he would shoot her if she didn't shut up.
There was a disagreement over cigarettes and the woman handed over $50 when she alleged repeated demands were made of her b y Mr McKenzie.
The twins woke up and started to cry.
The incident was captured on security camera footage.
The McKenzies then went to the Iron Bar, police attended and they eventually arrested Mr McKenzie after he resisted officers.
He was overpowered and handcuffed.
Mr McKenzie was lodged in the police cells until 9.50pm when he as taken to an interview room where he splashed coffee over a wall.
Detective Senior Constable Chester said police opposed bail, claiming that when Mr McKenzie consumed alcohol he committed offences and he had a significant criminal record.
Mr McKenzie said he had gone fishing with his son at the Portland wharf where they had a few beers and then went to buy cigarettes.
He said there had been "a bit of an argument" with a woman in the shop but there was no malice.
"I didn't want to cause any trouble. I don't want to be in jail," he said.
"I don't want to have to hurt anyone. That's all I've got to say. It's up to you boss."
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