Dispute over chocolate turned ugly: court

A conversation about chocolate turned ugly at the weekend when a man allegedly threatened to kill his ex-partner before taking off in her car, despite never owning a licence, Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Michael William Edwards, of Bourke, is accused of rushing towards his one-time girlfriend while she was holding her two-week old baby before warning her he would "kill her" if he stayed at her Dapto home.

Police allege the 33-year-old then made off with the woman's car.

Opposing Edwards' bail application yesterday, prosecutor Sgt Anna Comer said there were real concerns for the welfare and protection of the man's ex-partner.

It is alleged Edwards arrived at the woman's home about midnight on Saturday, breaching an AVO ordering him to stay 100 metres away from the premises.

When the woman came to the door, Edwards allegedly told her he was staying at her house.

The following day, the woman spoke to Edwards about him eating her children's chocolates and he then "flipped out", she told police.

It is alleged he rushed towards the woman while she was holding her tiny baby.

The woman pleaded with him not to hit her, to which he allegedly replied: ". . . I'll kill you if I stay here."

Several hours later, the woman left the home and reported the incident to police.

When she returned, Edwards allegedly grabbed her keys and drove off in her car.

Police searched for Edwards but allegedly found him later sitting inside the woman's house, having returned the car to the driveway.

He was charged with taking and driving a vehicle without consent, driving without a licence, contravening an AVO and intimidation.

Solicitor Ray Clack, representing Edwards, told the court his client had been living at the woman's home for about two months as she had allegedly invited him to stay.

Mr Clack said Edwards denied making any threats but would comply with the AVO and return to Bourke.

Registrar Cally D'arcy granted Edwards bail, ordering him to stay away from the region and his former partner. Edwards is set to reappear in court on January 17


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