A Woonona man has been granted strict court bail after allegedly threatening to cut his ex-partner’s throat because she refused to get back together with him.
Dean Anthony Mortimer is accused of repeatedly messaging the woman’s mobile phone and visiting her at her home despite there being an apprehended domestic violence order in place that prohibited him from contacting her.
Police claim he put himself in the woman’s presence three times over the space of two days in early September, each time asking her to take him back.
On the afternoon of September 7, Mortimer allegedly rode his push bike up to the woman’s car while she was stopped at an intersection on Gladstone Avenue and asked why she wasn’t returning his calls and professing his ongoing love for her.
The woman drove off without responding, however it is alleged Mortimer turned up at her house on his push bike the next day and asked if they could have a cup of tea together and talk about their relationship.
The woman yelled out “someone call the police”, allegedly prompting Mortimer to flee.
He allegedly tracked her down at the Harp Hotel later that night where she was attending a work function. He again tried to interact with her, at which time she accused him of stalking her and allegedly told him to leave her alone.
The woman told police she then received 32 missed calls from an unknown number between 2am and 5am.
She said she eventually answered one of the calls, at which tiem she allegedly recognised Mortimer’s voice.
She claimed he abused her for calling triple zero earlier in the night and believed he was going to be “locked up” for breaching the AVO.
“It’s not [my fault], you’re harassing me,” the woman told him.
“Because I love you, can’t you tell,” Mortimer allegedly replied.
“I don’t love you, I don’t want to see or talk to you again,” the woman said, prompting Mortimer to become aggressive.
“I’m getting locked up for nine months so I’m going to make it worthwhile...I’m going to cut your throat,” Mortimer allegedly replied.
The woman reported the incident to police that morning.
Mortimer was arrested on a warrant on Saturday.
In court on Monday, Mortimer formally entered pleas of not guilty to six charges including contravening an AVO and stalking.
He was granted strict bail on the conditions that he report to police daily, abide by a curfew, not enter the boundary of Coniston and not contact the woman.
He must also remain drug and alcohol free and can be forced to provide a urine sample to police up to four times a week.
The case returns to court in February for hearing.