Warrawong man wants case reheard

A Warrawong man arrested for skipping a court hearing on intimidation charges has been released on conditional bail.

Hakan Bedirhan, 20, did not front Kiama Local Court on July 18 to answer allegations he threatened to bash an employee of the Illawarra Yacht Club who had requested he and a friend leave the club due to intoxication.

Bedirhan was convicted in his absence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police apprehended him on Thursday and held him in custody overnight.

During an appearance in Port Kembla Local Court on Friday, Bedirhan said he would be lodging an application to annul the conviction, as he wanted to fight the allegations.

He told the court he had been sick on the day he'd been due at Kiama court, and had faxed a doctor's certificate to the courthouse. However, it had arrived after the magistrate had already dealt with his case.

Bedirhan asked to be released on bail until his application was heard, telling the court through his lawyer that he would agree to report to police and stay away from the alleged victim and any prosecution witnesses.

Police opposed Bedirhan's release on bail, noting they had a strong case against him that was supported by CCTV footage from inside the club.

They argued Bedirhan had a lengthy criminal record that included multiple convictions for breaching court orders.

However, magistrate Michael Stoddart agreed to release Bedirhan, ordering him to report to police twice a week and not to go within 100 metres of the club.

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