An accused man arrested over serious family violence was found in possession of bank cards belonging to a Warrnambool high school principal, a court has heard.
The 34-year-old man appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday where he made an unsuccessful, self-represented bail application.
He was remanded in custody until December.
The court heard the man was charged with serious offending dating back to September 21 this year, all of which allegedly occurred while he was already on bail.
The man allegedly assaulted a woman, who was a protected person in a family violence intervention order, on numerous occasions - punching her to the face and assaulting her with a small section of a child gate.
On October 15, an alleged assault was reported to the Warrnambool police station by a third party.
Police attended the victim's home, who refused to disclose any information but was observed with a bruised and swollen eye.
Medical records obtained from South West Healthcare allegedly detailed injuries sustained from assaults perpetrated by the accused man over a three-week period.
One of the assaults allegedly involved a metal pole.
The court heard the man repeatedly attended the victim's home, despite the intervention order prohibiting him from doing so.
He is also accused of breaching his bail curfew, not living at the correct bail address and on one occasion fleeing police at high speed.
Then on Saturday, the accused man and the victim were travelling in his vehicle about 12pm.
The court heard the victim feared the man would kill her and grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to stop the car and flee.
The vehicle swerved and crashed into a bollard, causing the airbags to be deployed.
The man became enraged over the damage to his vehicle.
The victim managed to flee to a nearby property where she raised an alarm.
Police located the man later that evening and he was arrested.
He was found in possession of a pocket knife, keys believed to belong to stolen cars and credit cards in the name of a Warrnambool secondary school principal.
A police informant told the court that the victim was fearful for her safety and there were no bail conditions that could mitigate the risk of the man reoffending in the community.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
Emma House is a Warrnambool-based not-for-profit service and can be contacted through 1800 EMMADV (1800 366238) or visit emmahouse.org.au/
Safe Steps for women after hours service is available through 188 015 188.
Brophy Family and Youth Services can be contacted on 1300 BROPHY or 03 5561 8888.
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