A door-to-door fraudster and serial criminal accused of nicking an elderly woman's purse while inside her Oak Flats house under the guise of installing solar roof panels has accused a magistrate of leaving him to die in prison.
Darren Henry Warrilow claims he was diagnosed with cancer during his most recent stint behind bars and has less than a year to live.
He took aim at Magistrate Mark Douglass after being refused bail in Wollongong Local Court on Friday.
"You've made me die in prison you f--king pr--k," Warrilow said before his video link into the court was cut.
Warrilow was arrested on Thursday and charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception amid allegations he used a credit card found inside the victim's purse to withdraw $4000 cash from her bank accounts.
Police laid four additional charges against Warrilow at the start of court proceedings on Friday, including aggravated break, enter and steal and disguising his face to commit an offence.
In seeking bail for his client, defence lawyer Jordon Mechan said Warrilow had been given between six and eight months to live after being diagnosed with liver cancer last year.
He suggested the case against Warrilow was not a strong one and proposed a series of bail conditions including living with his family in Wilberforce, in Sydney's north-west, and providing a $10,000 surety.
However, Magistrate Mark Douglass refused to release Warrilow on account of his long history for similar offences, noting the 30-year-old had criminal records in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, where there was a current warrant out for his arrest.
A set of police fact sheets tendered to the court allege Warrilow arrived at Gladys Edwards' Central Avenue home about 12.30pm on February 9 claiming to be a solar roof panel installer and convinced her to let him inside so they could discuss her procuring his services.
Mrs Edwards went to the kitchen to call her son about the proposal, at which time Warrilow allegedly grabbed her purse from the lounge room and fled the property.
Mrs Edwards told police she received a call later that afternoon from someone purporting to be from the Commonwealth Bank telling her there had been unauthorised access on her card and they needed her PIN to rectify the situation.
She handed the information over, believing she was speaking to a bank employee, however police will allege it was Warrilow or one of his associates on the other end of the phone.
Less than 15 minutes later, Mrs Edwards' card was used at an ATM in Corrimal to withdraw $2,000 from her account.
A further withdrawal of $1,000 occurred at Woonona 10 minutes later, while a third withdrawal for the same amount took place at Wollongong in the early hours of the following day.
Mrs Edwards cancelled her cards and reported the incident to police, who launched an investigation.
They compared CCTV footage from the ATMs with footage taken from McDonald's in Wollongong, allegedly identifying and matching Warrilow in both videos by the shoes and sunglasses he was wearing.
When interviewed after his arrest, Warrilow denied the allegations against him and claimed he didn't remember anything.
The case will return to court on April 24.