A 21-year-old man who allegedly threatened to drag his pregnant partner down the street while driving his car has been released on bail.
Police allege Jake Quinton made the threats to his partner, who was 34 weeks pregnant to another man, on July 28 at his Wendouree home.
Quinton allegedly damaged property and verbally abused, assaulted and made threats to kill his partner in two frightening incidents in July.
He was released on bail on Wednesday and is expected to plead guilty to the charges in September.
Police informant Senior Constable Brenton Walker told the bail application hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates Court Quinton started verbally abusing the victim at her Mount Pleasant home on July 14.
He said Quinton was asking his partner where she had been before he started throwing items around the house and smashing a chest of drawers.
The court was told Quinton allegedly got in his car and rammed his partner’s front fence and letter box before returning back inside the house where his abusive behaviour continued.
Police informant Senior Constable Walker said Quinton grabbed his partner’s wrist and half-twisted it.
One of the victim’s friend allegedly said to Quinton, “Stop mate, look at her belly. She has a baby in there”.
Two weeks later on July 28 Quinton allegedly made several phone calls to his partner before going to his Wendouree address where the victim was.
Police informant Senior Constable Walker said Quinton started yelling at her, telling her she had to get in the car with him
He said when she refused, Quinton got in his car and rammed victim’s car before speeding off to do eight donuts in Grevillea Road.
Quinton returned 10 minutes later and allegedly dragged the victim to his car, telling her he was going to drag her down the street.
Senior Constable Walker said Quinton was sitting in the driver’s seat holding his partner by her clothes when police arrived and arrested him.
The victim told police she was extremely scared of Quinton, frightened he was going to drag her in his car down the street and scared he would hurt her unborn child.
Quinton remained quiet and calm in the dock as the police summaries were read to the court and was seen wiping tears from his eyes once.
Police opposed his bail application, saying he was an unacceptable risk of committing more offences, endangering the public’s safety and not answering bail.
But defence barrister Simon Tan said the threats his client made to the victim were not carried out.
He said the alleged offending occurred over a three-week period and the victim believed Quinton was affected by an illicit substance.
Mr Tan said Quinton had been assessed suitable for the Court Integrated Services Program, the charges had been resolved, his partner’s baby was due anytime now and he had a new job as a plasterer.
Magistrate Alan Spillane highlighted Quinton was violent towards the victim twice and assaulted her twice.
“His behaviour was clearly frightening,” Mr Spillane said.
He granted bail, saying there was a short time from now to Quinton’s plea hearing.
Quinton must comply with strict bail conditions, including to report at the Corio Police Station every day, abide by a curfew, comply with CISP and not to drive.