Woman jailed for breaking curfew

A Balgownie woman released on bail after a violent king-hit assault that left a refugee in hospital is back behind bars after breaking her night curfew, a court has heard.

Jaimee Haynes is accused of acting as a lookout while her partner violently assaulted the man near Wollongong railway station last October.

The refugee, who had only been in Australia for five days, required stitches in his left ear and lost a tooth in the ordeal.

Haynes and her male co-accused were arrested on Octo-ber 7, a day after the attack, and charged with robbery in company (with wounding).

Haynes was released on bail the same day on the condition that she live at a specified Balgownie address, not approach or contact her co-accused and abide by a 7pm-6am curfew.

However, police allegedly discovered Haynes staying at a different house in Balgownie at 9.20pm on Saturday and arrested her for breach of bail.

Seeking to have her bail reinstated yesterday, Haynes's lawyer offered an explanation for his client's movements that evening, telling Wollongong Local Court that Haynes had left the home when one of the male occupants, her 90-year-old grandfather, came home intoxicated.

"She feared exposing herself and her child [to the situation]," Legal Aid lawyer Jonathan Kearney said, adding Haynes wanted to live with her sister if allowed to remain at liberty.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant Shannon Ryan opposed her release, saying the 29-year-old had shown little regard for abiding by previous court orders.

He said the serious nature of the October incident and the likelihood of a prison sentence if she was convicted warranted keeping Haynes behind bars.

Police files tendered to the court as part of the application allege Haynes acted as a lookout while her partner assaulted and robbed the man just before 8pm on October 6.

The documents claim the male attacker asked the refugee for money before he was seen on CCTV cameras to "remove his thongs and violently punch the victim to the left side of the head, causing him to fall backwards".

"The victim had no chance of defending himself or taking evasive action and this punch can only be described as a vicious, unprovoked king hit," investigating officers said.

It is alleged the attacker continued to assault the refugee, who eventually managed to flee towards the train station. Haynes and her co-accused left the area moments later.

When officers interviewed Haynes the following day, she allegedly admitted she was near the station at the time of the attack, but said she was unaware any assault took place and denied acting as a lookout.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie yesterday refused to allow Haynes back into the community.

"My concern is there was no compliance with court orders when you were very lucky to receive bail in the first case [in October]," she said.

The case returns to court on January 23.

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