Man confronted noisy Woonona neighbours with machete, court hears

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A man who allegedly confronted a noisy neighbour with a machete before leaving a metre-long calling card on the man’s car has been refused bail in a Wollongong court. Police allege Beau Blair went to a Woods Avenue, Woonona address at 9.30pm on Thursday in breach of a court-imposed curfew, to confront strangers who were having a loud argument. He was allegedly carrying a large, black-handled machete about 50cm long and had his partner in tow when he knocked on the door and confronted the occupants through their door peephole, telling them, “open the door”. Inside the unit, a man told his partner to call police before he emerged on his balcony and asked Blair, “who are you?”. Blair allegedly told him, “come down here, I am going to kill you”. Police allege Blair then continued yelling at the man, who refused to come down. The man has told police he saw Blair drag the machete over the side of his Toyota Camry, leaving a metre-long scratch across the doors, before Blair and his partner left. The man was able to provide police with a picture of Blair when officers arrived about 9.45pm. Inquiries led the officers to a nearby Cotterill Avenue address, where Blair was allegedly staying in breach of court orders, but they were unable to raise anyone there. Blair was arrested on Friday afternoon when police spotted him on a train bound for Wollongong and checks showed he was wanted for the alleged offences. Blair faces charges including carrying a knife in public, damaging property and stalk/intimidate. On Monday Wollongong Local Court heard the 32-year-old denied the most serious of the charges, of using an offensive weapon in company. Blair’s defence lawyer Greg Melrose called on the court to grant strict conditional bail that would effectively place him under house arrest at the home of his grandparents, who would put down $1000 as surety. “He’s a young, vulnerable person who’ll be in the jail system for potentially a long time [awaiting trial],” Mr Melrose said, noting Blair suffered poor mental health. But police opposed bail, highlighting Blair’s repeated failure to abide by previous court orders and suggesting he posed a threat to the alleged victims’ safety. Magistrate Brett Thomas refused bail. The matter returns to court later this month. The Illawarra Mercury news app is now officially live on both iOS and Android devices. It is available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play.

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A man who allegedly confronted a noisy neighbour with a machete before leaving a metre-long calling card on the man’s car has been refused bail in a Wollongong court.

Police allege Beau Blair went to a Woods Avenue, Woonona address at 9.30pm on Thursday in breach of a court-imposed curfew, to confront strangers who were having a loud argument.

He was allegedly carrying a large, black-handled machete about 50cm long and had his partner in tow when he knocked on the door and confronted the occupants through their door peephole, telling them, “open the door”.

Inside the unit, a man told his partner to call police before he emerged on his balcony and asked Blair, “who are you?”.

Blair allegedly told him, “come down here, I am going to kill you”.

Police allege Blair then continued yelling at the man, who refused to come down.

The man has told police he saw Blair drag the machete over the side of his Toyota Camry, leaving a metre-long scratch across the doors, before Blair and his partner left.

The man was able to provide police with a picture of Blair when officers arrived about 9.45pm. Inquiries led the officers to a nearby Cotterill Avenue address, where Blair was allegedly staying in breach of court orders, but they were unable to raise anyone there.

Blair was arrested on Friday afternoon when police spotted him on a train bound for Wollongong and checks showed he was wanted for the alleged offences.

Blair faces charges including carrying a knife in public, damaging property and stalk/intimidate.

On Monday Wollongong Local Court heard the 32-year-old denied the most serious of the charges, of using an offensive weapon in company.

Blair’s defence lawyer Greg Melrose called on the court to grant strict conditional bail that would effectively place him under house arrest at the home of his grandparents, who would put down $1000 as surety.

“He’s a young, vulnerable person who’ll be in the jail system for potentially a long time [awaiting trial],” Mr Melrose said, noting Blair suffered poor mental health.

But police opposed bail, highlighting Blair’s repeated failure to abide by previous court orders and suggesting he posed a threat to the alleged victims’ safety.

Magistrate Brett Thomas refused bail. The matter returns to court later this month.

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