Man remains in custody over assault, death threats

A BALLINA man who allegedly sent his former partner text messages threatening to kill her has been refused bail.

Perry Christopher Maslen appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday facing two counts of using a carriage service to threaten to kill, assault, resisting arrest and breaching an apprehended violence order.

The charges relate to alleged incidents at Byron Bay and Ballina in March, April and June this year involving Anna Petrie.

On March 6, police allege Maslen, 50, sent threatening messages to Ms Petrie and visited her Byron Bay home, in breach of an AVO.

Then between April 10 and 24, Maslen again allegedly threatened to kill Ms Petrie via text message and breached the AVO by visiting her home.

On June 28, police allege Maslen assaulted Ms Petrie at Ballina, before resisting arresting police, who were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue him.

He was arrested, taken to Ballina police station, charged and refused bail.

On Monday Maslen's solicitor, Mr Hooper, applied for bail on behalf of his client, stating he had a house at Ballina and any risk to Ms Petrie could be mitigated by a court order preventing Maslen contacting her.

Mr Hooper told the court his client would be represented by Mr Weller on the next occasion.

Magistrate David Heilpern said the allegations against Maslen were serious and supported by photos of Ms Petrie's injuries and her victim's statement.

"I will kill you; you'll be dead soon; you must be terminated; you must die," Mr Heilpern said, recalling the threats.

Mr Heilpern refused Maslen bail. His matters were adjourned until later this month.


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