Bail denied in domestic assault case

A Dubbo man is accused of arming himself with a knife with intent and other serious domestic violence offences.
Nanjing Night Net

Kody Joshua McKellar, 27, allegedly told the woman “I’m going to hit you, you’re gone” during the same incident, Dubbo Local Court heard.

He was brought before the court on Wednesday charged with committing five offences the previous afternoon.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and made a bid for bail.

Magistrate Paul Hayes said the allegations were so serious that the court could only have concerns about endangering the safety of the alleged victim, and he remanded Mr McKellar in custody.

The man is charged with entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, intimidation, common assault and contravening an apprehended violence order (AVO).

Police allege Mr McKellar stood outside a house waving his arms and asking where the woman had been, the court heard.

It was also alleged he entered the house through a window, the court heard.

Once inside he is alleged to have said to the woman “I’m going to hit you, you’re gone,” before the other offences allegedly took place, the court heard.

The prosecution opposed bail, submitting the matter was a serious allegation of domestic violence.

The likelihood of a custodial sentence if the accused was found guilty was quite high, particularly because of the aggravating features, the sergeant said.

The defence conceded the allegations were serious.

The solicitor proposed a number of conditions for bail, including that the accused live at a Sydney address, report to police and abide by the AVO.

He submitted the proposed conditions would address the concerns of the prosecution and the court.

But Mr Hayes said the court could not be satisfied any conditions would mitigate the risk of endangering the safety of the alleged victim.

Mr McKellar, who was not wearing shoes, was led from the dock into custody.

The matter was adjourned until March 22.

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