Death threat claims

Man al­legedly told neigh­bour: ‘I’ll cut you up into pieces’

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A CURLEWIS man who al­legedly threat­ened to kill his neigh­bour has been de­nied bail.

The Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day heard Jake O’Brien was af­fected by al­co­hol when he launched into a heated ver­bal ar­gu­ment with his brother in the back yard of their sis­ter’s home.

When the neigh­bour asked Mr O’Brien to stop swear­ing over a fence on Sat­ur­day night it is al­leged he said: “I’ll come over and cut you up into pieces”.

Through his lawyer Stephanie Mawby, Mr O’Brien de­nied mak­ing the threat.

“He has in­di­cated he will plead not guilty to mak­ing threats to kill,” Ms Mawby said.

“He dis­putes (the neigh­bour’s ac­count of) the word­ing over the fence and the par­tic­u­lar se­quence of threats.”

The court was told Mr O’Brien flew into a fit of ex­ple­tives when he thought his brother had dobbed him in to his sis­ter for drink­ing.

The court heard Mr O’Brien was on bail when the ar­gu­ment broke out, and that his sis­ter did not want him to drink al­co­hol as a con­di­tion of stay­ing at her home.

The court heard Mr O’Brien’s sis­ter told po­lice she no longer wanted her brother liv­ing at her home.

But yes­ter­day she had re­con­sid­ered and wanted her brother, who has a his­tory of al­co­hol and drug abuse, to live at her Curlewis home with her part­ner, young son and other fam­ily mem­bers.

“We want to help him. He is able to come back to our house while we find a more per­ma­nent op­tion for him,” she told the court.

Ms Mawby told the court her client had not threat­ened the neigh­bour be­fore and pro­posed he be bailed to his sis­ter’s Curlewis home.

She told the court re­frain­ing from al­co­hol was not a con­di­tion of her client’s pre­vi­ous bail.

But po­lice prose­cu­tor Alex Good said Mr O’Brien was an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences if bailed.

“Just sim­ply adding a condi- tion not to con­sume al­co­hol does not re­duce the po­ten­tial en­dan­ger­ing the pub­lic,” Se­nior Con­sta­ble Good said.

Mag­is­trate John Lesser agreed, deny­ing bail.

“I can’t be sat­is­fied with him liv­ing be­hind the al­leged vic­tim in these mat­ters. It’s sim­ply not ap­pro­pri­ate,” Mr Lesser said.

The court heard Mr O’Brien had spent a stint in re­cov­ery at Odyssey House and has pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced drug ad­dic­tion.

Mr O’Brien is ex­pected to face court again on Jan­uary 21.

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