A Miners Rest man accused of threatening to kill his former partner and holding her around the throat in front of a toddler has been refused bail.
Nathan McNicol, 33, tried to get bail a second time at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday after spending two months in remand custody.
But magistrate Gregory Robinson said McNicol's alleged offending in May was serious and concerning, and he had not shown compelling reasons why he should be bailed.
"I am required to maximise safety of the community by people affected by crime," Mr Robinson said.
"I think the offending is particularly serious and frightening."
Police informant Detective Senior Constable Chris Brown said the offending occurred on May 13 and 14 when the accused went to his former partner's home and kicked in the front door while she was inside.
He said McNicol made 50 telephone calls to the woman.
Police allege during one visit, McNicol forcefully entered his former partner's house, told her he would f***ing kill her and grabbed her by the throat while a four-year-old was present.
Detective Senior Constable Brown said the accused then threw a rock at the woman's property. Footage of McNicol kicking the door and throwing the rock were captured on CCTV.
"The complainant fears for her safety and the safety of her children if the accused is granted bail," said the police informant while opposing bail.
McNicol's step-father gave evidence his step-son was not a violent man, he was not aware of his methamphetamine use and he had never seen him lose his temper.
McNicol's defence counsel said his family would provide a $10,000 surety, stable accommodation and supervision, while he was suitable for the Court Integrated Services Program.
The magistrate said he took the defence submissions, complainant's attitude and police concerns into account.
McNicol will return to court on September 9 for a committal mention.
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