A Berkeley man accused of shooting Darko Janceski in the groin just months before he was gunned down in an unrelated incident is facing fresh allegations of violence.
Jason Lee Wellins, 38, is due to appear in a Sydney court next week over allegations he and co-accused, Glen Robert Wilson, shot Mr Janceski in the upper thigh outside his Barnes St address in January last year, less than three months before he was fatally shot outside his parents’ home.
Wellins had been on conditional court bail awaiting the start of the trial. However, his bail was revoked in Wollongong Local Court yesterday in the wake of the fresh charges, which stem from an incident alleged to have occurred in Berkeley on Monday afternoon.
Police documents tendered to the court said Wellins pointed a box cutter knife at another man after the man refused to allow him to leave his place with a small quantity of coins.
Witnesses told police Wellins was acting erratically when he arrived at the Winnima Way house about 1.30pm. He had a short conversation with the home’s male occupant before entering a bedroom and allegedly demanding money as he wanted to get a drink.
When the male refused to hand over any cash, Wellins allegedly picked up the knife from a nearby set of drawers and some of the coins.
It is alleged Wellins repeatedly refused to put the money down and extended the blade of the box cutter.
‘‘I’ll just take the $6.50 for the longneck then,’’ Wellins allegedly said, before pushing one of the occupants in the chest and leaving the house.
Police were called and retrieved the box cutter, which Wellins had allegedly handed to a neighbour when he left the property. Half an hour later officers located Wellins nearby and arrested him.
He allegedly handed over the coins and admitted the money wasn’t his.
He was charged with robbery armed with an offensive weapon, two counts of common assault and stealing.
Seeking court bail yesterday, Wellins’ lawyer, Jane Healey, said the prosecution case against her client was weak.
‘‘The accused is highly unlikely to be convicted on the [police] facts before the court,’’ she said, noting Wellins did not present a flight risk.
She also noted he had health problems that could be better treated if he was allowed to remain on bail.
However, Magistrate Geraldine Beattie refused to re-release Wellins, saying given his criminal record she was concerned he may reoffend if granted bail.