A Barrack Heights man on parole for drug supply is facing the prospect of spending the remainder of his sentence behind bars after he was caught breaching an apprehended violence order at the weekend.
Nicholas Drougas was sentenced to three years jail for his role in an ice supply ring operating in the Illawarra throughout 2014 and 2015.
He was released on two years parole in October 2016 after spending 12 months behind bars, on the condition that he not commit any further offences during his probation period.
However, police allege Drougas was caught with his partner out the front of her house on Saturday afternoon in direct violation of an AVO that exists between them.
Police documents said officers were in the street investigating another matter when they noticed Drougas and the woman in the driveway of her home.
Police checks revealed they were barred from being in each other’s company under the terms of the AVO. Drougas had also been banned from going within 100 metres of the woman’s house.
Drougas allegedly told police “it’s being sorted out in court, they [the AVO and charges] are being dropped, everything’s okay”.
Drougas was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with contravening an AVO.
Facing court on Sunday, Drougas sought bail, saying he didn’t think the AVO was enforceable given he was challenging it.
However, Registrar Peter Ritchie refused to release Drougas, saying he may end up serving the 18-month balance of his parole if the NSW Parole Authority decided to take action.
The matter returns to court Monday.