A laptop is thought to be behind charges of aggravated burglary and criminal damage for which a 26-year-old Ballarat man has been committed to stand trial.
Jamie Hancock appeared in custody in the Ballarat Magistrate’s Court on Thursday charged with indictable offences of aggravated burglary and intentionally causing criminal damage to a property.
Magistrate Ron Saines listened to video evidence from two complainants about two occasions when it is alleged Hancock visited a Mount Pleasant property in May this year.
The two women testified they were in the home when Hancock allegedly came to the house at 10pm on 1 May and then at 5.50am on 2 May, 2018. It is alleged he “banged” violently on the door, and caused damage including breaking a statue, before gaining entry.
It is alleged the accused was demanding the return of a laptop and was threatening one of the women, saying “I will f**king hurt you,” and “It’s Jamie, open the f**king door, I’m going to kill you.”
One of the witnessses said she had not seen the accused or opened the door at the property but she knew it was Hancock because he has “an angry, distinctive voice.”
Asked by Hancock’s defence lawyer, Ms Cynthia Lynch, how long she thought the accused was at the house, one woman said, “I can’t say how long, to me it felt like a lifetime.”
The witness said on the morning of 2 May both she and the other woman were asleep in the lounge room when they heard banging on the door and heard someone gain entry.
She said she held the lounge room door closed while the other woman pushed a coffee table against the door.
Magistrate Ron Saines said he believed there was “sufficient evidence to afford a conviction” and committed Hancock to stand trial. A directions hearing will be held on 18 October.
Seven summary charges, including driving offences, fuel theft and breach of a community corrections order will be heard as a consolidated plea hearing on 27 November via videolink.