Football no real reason for bail

NORTH Albury footballer Jarrah Maksymow has cited pre-season training in a bid to be released from jail pending a hearing on assault and intimidation charges.

Maksymow, 21, of Lavington, was refused bail on December 23 after allegedly making a death threat to his de facto partner and his case was mentioned in Albury Local Court last week.

He pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of intimidation, and a hearing date of February 12 was set.

His solicitor Bill Roberts made another bid for bail yesterday, saying Maksymow is a semi-professional footballer with prospects of advancing his career in Melbourne.

Mr Roberts said pre-season training had started and told magistrate Tony Murray: “I do have some references from football colleagues”.

Maksymow works for a concreter and is a paid player with North Albury.

“I get $450 a game. Our first game is on March 8,” Maksymow told Mr Murray in a video link from Junee jail.

Mr Murray rejected Maksymow’s first bail application and said yesterday a change of circumstances was required for another application.

Mr Roberts based his application on Maksymow’s footballing prospects and the fact he can live at Baranduda, about 25 kilometres from Lavington.

“I imagine the paramount importance is the protection of the community,” Mr Roberts said.

“But he has spent 26 days in custody.”

Mr Murray refused bail saying: “In my view, there is not a sufficient change in circumstances”.

He said Maksymow’s matter would be given priority on February 12.

Mr Murray had previously been told in tendered police facts that one of the intimidation charges related to a death threat made by Maksymow to his partner at The Bended Elbow in Albury in the early hours of December 22.

She had been hiding inside the venue when Maksymow approached security staff.

He saw her when she looked around a corner from inside, pointed in her direction and said: “You’re dead.”

Security staff escorted the woman to the police station where she made a statement alleging a series of offences.

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