Bulli man accused of attacking partner who wanted to break up with him

A Bulli man has been refused bail accused of attacking his partner when she tried to break up with him, then turning on neighbours who came to her aid.

Steve Anthony Edwards cried in the dock at Wollongong Local Court on Monday as details of his alleged actions towards his former partner on the morning of January 4 were read out.

The court heard the pair had ingested an amount of methadone and some cannabis before the woman told Edwards she didn’t want to continue their relationship.

Edwards allegedly lashed out at her, grabbing her by the throat then the hair and violently shaking her head.

The woman told police she managed to break free from Edwards, who got in his car to leave. When the woman tried to stop him, he allegedly grabbed her hair again.

An elderly neighbour who heard the commotion and came outside yelled at Edwards to leave the complex. He then turned on her, prompting a third woman to step between them, police allege.

Edwards allegedly pushed the younger woman in the chest, causing her to fall and scrape her forearm and leg.

This prompted a male neighbour to become involved. The neighbour allegedly pulled out a baseball bat and swung it at Edwards, however, Edwards managed to wrestle it off him and allegedly chased the man back into his unit.

Edwards then stood at the door yelling for the male neighbour to come outside, while using the bat to smash nearby pot plants and a push bike, police claim.

He also allegedly threatened the man verbally, saying “I don’t care if it’s tomorrow or in 30 years, I will mess up your face...I will f—king kill you c—t”.

Edwards was apprehended four hours later. During his arrest, he allegedly punched a police officer.

In court on Monday, Edwards’ lawyer said he would agree to strict bail conditions if released, including living in Wagga Wagga with his sister.

However, Magistrate Michael Stoddart refused bail, noting his criminal record included past acts of domestic violence.

The case returns to court in March.