A Greenwell Point man accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face with a hammer then smashing a television over her head has been refused court bail.
Christopher Steven Ferlic, 28, had spent the night out fishing when he returned to the family home just before dawn on July 25 and began verbally harassing his partner.
The woman left the house and went to a friend’s place nearby, however it is alleged Ferlic followed her there an hour later, armed with a small handled axe.
He allegedly approached the detached garage and lifted the roller door to discover the alleged victim hiding under a blanket on a bed.
Another man was sitting on a lounge inside the garage, which had been turned into a makeshift room.
Ferlic allegedly dropped the axe and picked a hammer up from the floor, which he then used to hit the victim in the side of the head, police claim.
It is alleged he then picked up a television and smashed it over the woman’s head, causing her significant pain.
Police claim Ferlic then turned his attention to the other man at the premises. It is alleged Ferlic hit him in the knee with the hammer, leaving him with visible bruising.
The occupant of the main house heard the commotion and walked onto the verandah to see what was going on. He allegedly saw Ferlic leave the location.
Police arrived just after 7am and took photos of the woman’s injuries.
In documents tendered to the court, officers said they saw the remnants of clothing and a pillow belonging to the woman which had been set alight then extinguished prior to their arrival.
They also noticed some burnt bed linen soaking under the shower head.
Police received information that Ferlic had made his way to Bomaderry train station and boarded a northbound train.
He was arrested a short time later at Kiama and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was charged with assault and property damage offences.
He sought bail during a subsequent court appearance, however it was refused by Magistrate Michael Stoddart, who said the alleged offences were serious.
He also noted Ferlic had a lengthy criminal history.
“In my opinion the concerns for the safety of the victim can’t be mitigated by any bail conditions,” he said.
The case has been transferred to Nowra Local Court for further mention.