A homeless 20-year-old who threatened to kill his mother and her friend has been charged by police after using a baseball bat to smash a television he couldn't lift.
Warrnambool police Sergeant James van Engelen said the man had been charged with a range of offences on Wednesday, including making threats to kill and inflict serious injury, unlawful assault and causing criminal damage.
He said a Warrnambool woman was out to lunch when she got an abusive message to return home or her son threatened to break in.
The young man wanted items from the home.
The woman returned home, they argued and he demanded $50.
He grabbed his mother by the arm and the incident was witnessed by the woman's friend.
The young man grabbed a phone while they tried to contact police and threatened to kill them.
He got hold of a baseball bat and swung it around his head, threatening the women and to smash televisions.
When he attempted to remove a television, he couldn't pick it up as it was too heavy and he smashed it with the baseball bat.
Police were called, the man was arrested, interviewed, charged and remanded in custody.
He appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday and made no application for bail.
The court heard he could be withdrawing from cannabis.
He was remanded in custody and will appear in court on January 16.
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