A Towradgi father has been refused bail over allegations he repeatedly breached a court-imposed domestic violence order from his jail cell.
Joshua James Weir is accused of trying to contact his ex-partner - banned under the terms of the two-year AVO (apprehended violence order) between the pair - while he was in prison on previous AVO breaches earlier this year.
Wollongong Local Court heard Weir tried to phone the woman dozens of times, often leaving messages that were aggressive and abusive. Weir allegedly accused the woman of lying to police and blamed her for him being in jail. He allegedly said in one message: "If you think you're going to get away with this s---, f--- you."
Weir was released from jail on August 10 after successfully appealing to the district court to suspend part of his sentence.
Police claim less than a month later, on September 4, Weir approached the woman twice in one day while she was shopping at two separate shopping centres, despite the AVO still prohibiting him from having any contact with her.
In the first incident, it is alleged Weir confronted the woman at Kmart at Figtree, ordering her to "walk" when he approached her.
The woman told police she ran, hiding in the change rooms until Weir left the store. She then asked store staff to contact police.
In the second incident only hours later, the woman was at Coles in Corrimal Mall when Weir is alleged to have again confronted her.
Weir was arrested last Friday and charged with seven counts of contravening an AVO.
Facing court on Saturday morning, Weir sought release on bail, saying he didn't believe he'd done anything wrong.
"Wollongong's a small place, I've bumped into her at shopping centres [since my release from jail]," he said, by way of explanation for the two September 4 incidents. As soon as I've seen her, I've left. I don't believe I've committed any offence."
Weir said if granted bail, he could live with his brother in Newcastle and would promise to turn up to future court dates.
However, prosecuting lawyer Michael Knight said Weir failed to front court on several previous occasions, where warrants had to be issued for his arrest.
He asked registrar Kathy Frost to deny Weir bail, saying his behaviour constituted intimidation and police had fears for the woman's safety if Weir was released.
Ms Frost remanded Weir in custody and adjourned his case to September 9.