Mum punched after chores request: police

A Bellambi man will fight accusations he repeatedly punched his mother and threw her against a wall during a heated argument over household chores.

Police allege James Rodney Bloxsome, 23, attacked the woman yesterday morning, punching her up to five times as she attempted to call triple-0 for help.

Documents tendered during Bloxsome's bail application claim the pair got into a heated argument when the victim asked her son to help with chores around the house.

When the woman told her son to leave the house, he allegedly grabbed hold of her and shoved her against the kitchen wall and dining table.

The woman managed to grab a nearby phone and called emergency services.

It is alleged Bloxsome punched the woman five times in the head in an attempt to stop her making the phone call.

He then walked out into the backyard, pushing a television over as he left and smashing the kitchen window once he was outside, the documents claim.

The woman ran to the front yard but Bloxsome followed her, allegedly yelling at her while standing just inches from her face.

He then rode off on his pushbike.

Police arrested Bloxsome near Murray Road and later interviewed the victim, who was "very upset and emotional", they said.

Bloxsome was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and damaging property.

Facing Wollongong Local Court yesterday, Bloxsome entered not guilty pleas to both offences and sought release on bail.

His lawyer, Stewart Holt, told the court Bloxsome suffered from depression and anxiety and needed "considerable psychiatric help".

He said he could live with a relative in Nowra and would abide by a curfew and report to police daily if required.

However, prosecuting Sergeant Mark Rollestone opposed Bloxsome's release from custody, saying he had a lengthy criminal record that involved numerous domestic violence offences.

He noted Bloxsome would likely end up with a full-time jail sentence if he was found guilty of the charges.

Magistrate Michael Stoddart denied Bloxsome bail based on the strength of the prosecution case and his criminal history.

The matter will return to court at a later date for hearing.