BRETT Richard James Mills was given bail in Wodonga on Tuesday to appeal against a six-month jail sentence for Facebook threats he made to his former girlfriend.
But two days later, he allegedly abducted a man he saw with his estranged partner at a central Albury intersection.
Mills chased him and forced him into a car, a court heard yesterday.
Mills threatened the victim with death several times as a third man drove them around Albury.
“I’m going to drown you in the river,” he allegedly said.
“You know how many bodies I’ve put in the river?”.
Mills then told the driver to take him home, where the victim was taken inside.
Mills contacted his former partner and demanded she attend his residence — she refused.
It was then Mills told the victim: “She’s got until 11pm to get here or you’re sleeping with the fishes.”
But police had been contacted and, after a short search, they arrested Mills not far from his home.
Mills, 24, of Hovell Street, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday charged taking and detaining a person with intent to obtain an advantage, intimidation and assault.
He application for bail was rejected by magistrate Tony Murray.
Mills will reappear in court on May 6 after police prepare their evidence.
Mr Murray was yesterday told Mills had been in a relationship with a woman for six weeks, but that had ended about two weeks ago.
He had since been in denial about it ending and had sought reconciliation.
She had dined with another man in Dean Street on Thursday and then, about 9pm, the pair had gone for a walk.
They were standing at the Townsend Street and Smollett Street lights when Mills got out of the passenger seat of a Commodore.
He swore at the woman’s friend and threatened him.
The victim retreated and Mills followed him. The victim had hidden behind a dumpster and phoned the woman to check on her welfare.
She had left the intersection to seek out a security guard she had seen earlier in a car park.
Mills found the other man, dragged him to a car and told him to get inside.
When interviewed by detectives, Mills at first admitted part of what happened, before making full admissions.
He claimed it was supposed to be a prank to get back at his former partner, but it got out of hand.