Ballarat's serial attention seeker Nelly Yoa has been granted bail after challenging a prison sentence for his "tissue of lies".
The 30-year-old was on Thursday jailed for five months but immediately challenged the sentence, which also included an 18-month community corrections order once released.
Yoa previously pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates Court to five offences, including perjury and making false report, and breaching orders.
"Your preoccupation with your reputation and public image are a confabulation of a narcissistic individual ... aimed at protecting any constructed public image," deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton said.
Yoa was taken into custody, but quickly appealed the sentence and was granted bail until his challenge is heard on August 12.
"I am satisfied that your application for bail should be granted ... the victim more broadly is the justice system," Ms Broughton said.Strict bail conditions include reporting to police three days a week, and he's been banned from Melbourne's CBD unless for medical or legal reasons.
Police opposed bail, concerned with the risk of reoffending and retaliating against his victim.
Yoa lied to police that a woman threatened him with a knife at his Dandenong home in June 2016, while his partner and three young children were inside.
"It was a complete fabrication, a tissue of lies," Ms Broughton said.
He also lied to police in May last year, when he reported a woman threatened him with a handgun in Melbourne's CBD.
"You say she approached you, opened up her cardigan and exposed a handgun ... and said 'don't tell immigration - if you do I will give you this'," Ms Broughton said.
"Of course that allegation, that report and the material in that report were complete fabrications and a tissue of lies.
"The female victim, who was in court for the sentence, had an alibi.
A psychological report said Yoa engaged in "grandiose behaviour", with claims of sporting prowess, having famous sports stars as close associates, and elevation in the Sudanese community.
"Many of these themes and features have not been able to be substantiated by any evidence," Ms Broughton said.
Yoa has mental health issues and has used drugs, the court was told.
He witnessed brutality during the civil war in South Sudan before arriving in Australia, aged 12, with his family for "a new life", Ms Broughton said.Ballarat-based Yoa also suffered a machete attack in April 2018.
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