A Bellambi man on strict bail over allegations he tried to steal a train passenger’s bag then took $100 from him at a nearby ATM has been charged with breaching his nighttime curfew.
James Anthony Hanslow was meant to be at his Scobie Crescent home at 10.40pm on Wednesday night as per his 8pm daily curfew, however he was instead discovered in the passenger seat of a Holden Commodore that had been stopped by police on Robson Road at Corrimal.
Hanslow was charged with breaching his bail and remanded in custody overnight but released back into the community on Thursday morning after the court registrar found his ongoing detention was not necessary.
Documents tendered to the court outlined details of the original set of allegations that brought Hanslow to the attention of police.
It is alleged he was walking near Wollongong Railway Station on the evening of October 9 when he approached a train passenger and took hold of the cricket bag the man had been carrying and walked off.
The victim asked Hanslow to return to bag, allegedly prompting Hanslow to respond “leave me the bag and you won’t get hurt”.
The victim took hold of the bag and the pair had a brief tug-of-war before Hanslow allegedly grabbed hold of the man’s hand, twisted it and threatened to “blow you head off” if the man didn’t let go.
The victim asked what Hanslow wanted, to which Hanslow allegedly replied “money, money”.
The victim said he had no money on him but could get cash out at a nearby ATM.
The pair then walked to an ATM on Crown Street where the victim took $100 out of his account and handed it to Hanslow, who was standing within a metre of the man during the electronic transaction, the court documents said.
Hanslow then left the scene and the victim subsequently reported the matter to police.
When arrested and charged by police two months later, Hanslow allegedly dismissed the incident as “a joke”.
The case will return to court later this month.