A Lismore sheep dipper charged with a number of different criminal offences has been released on bail.
Jason Kerrigan, of Oman Street, successfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court late Monday afternoon.
He faces a number of criminal offences including burglary, intentionally causing damage, driving an unregistered vehicle, using false number plates possessing ice, assault, using a carriage service to harass and the RSPCA has charged him with cruelty to a dog.
His fingerprint was allegedly found on a window described as the crime scene point of entry at a Geelong home under construction 18 months ago where a burglary took place.
Stolen items have not been recovered.
Mr Kerrigan was later intercepted by police in Ballarat and charged with the driving offences.
It's alleged the false number plates on his vehicle were stolen just three kilometres from the Geelong burglary site.
On Tuesday last week a woman went to the Lismore police station and reported being assaulted, her car damaged and she received threatening and/or abusive text messages.
The woman told police she argued with Mr Kerrigan and she hit him to an arm before he punched her to the head five or six times.
The woman refused to make a statement to police, but her allegations are understood to have been captured on police body camera footage, which can be used as evidence.
A bail application started in Portland court last week and was adjourned part-heard to Warrnambool on Monday while a court integrated service program assessment was undertaken.
Mr Kerrigan was found suitable for the CISP program.
Since the initial court hearing last week, police found that Mr Kerrigan had an extensive New South Wales criminal record and was previously jailed for 12 months with a non-parole period of six months.
His prior offences involve driving, assaults and drug matters.
Mr Kerrigan's father Peter gave evidence that he worked with his son sheep dipping and spraying weeds, like blackberries, and it was now the start of their busy time of the year.
He said he had suffered a stroke and if his son was not released from custody he would have to sell their $500,000 operation.
Mr Kerrigan senior said they had 500,000 sheep on their books to be dipped in Victoria as well as NSW and South Australia.
He said he planned to apply for a South Australia coronavirus exemption to travel there for work.
Mr Kerrigan snr said his son and a former partner were pregnant about 10 years ago but the pregnancy was terminated as the baby was deformed and killing the mother.
He said that experience had a huge negative impact on his son, who was only now getting his life in order.
The father also tried to provide work records showing his son was not in Victoria at the time of the Geelong burglary.
Police plan to check phone records from that time.
Lawyer Xavier Farrelly said his client claimed to part-own the vehicle that had been damaged at Lismore.
He said Mr Kerrigan risked spending more time in custody than he would receive if the charges were proven.
The lawyer said his client did not have drug, alcohol or mental health issues and would be able to comply with the CISP program while working up to seven days a week.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann granted bail despite saying the police had a strong case for many of the charges.
He said Mr Kerrigan had strong family support from his father.
Mr Kerrigan was bailed to appear in Warrnambool court on May 17 next year with conditions including an overnight curfew and he has to live with his father.
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