NORTH Albury footballer Jarrah Maksymow was yesterday released from custody after spending 54 days on remand on charges of intimidating his girlfriend.
Maksymow, 21, was charged in December with seven offences, had pleaded not guilty and they were listed for hearing in Albury Local Court before magistrate Tony Murray.
But Maksymow pleaded guilty to one count of intimidation and the other six charges were withdrawn by police.
He had tried unsuccessfully on December 23 and January 17 to get bail, citing the need to attend pre-season football training.
In the second application, solicitor Bill Roberts said Maksymow was a semi-professional footballer with prospects of advancing his career in Melbourne.
Maksymow said he was paid $450 a game and the club’s first match was on March 8.
Mr Murray was told in amended police facts that Maksymow had been in a relationship for seven months and had lived with his partner for two months.
There was a breakdown in the relationship two days before the victim and Maksymow saw each other at Paddy’s bar about 12.30am on December 22.
The victim left with friends to attend Groove Saint, where Maksymow made an attempt to speak to her.
He had yelled at the victim, causing her to fear she may be hurt.
Security staff escorted the victim to the police station where she made a statement and Maksymow was arrested in Lavington at 4.40am.
Solicitor Rob Hussey said Maksymow was on a bond for take and drive a vehicle when the intimidation offence was committed.
Mr Hussey tendered two references on his client’s behalf with one suggesting the intimidation matter was out of character.
“Offences of violence are not out of character for your client at all,” Mr Murray said.
Mr Hussey said Maksymow had bright prospects as a footballer and had been working as a concreter for six months before his arrest.
Mr Murray revoked the bond and imposed a fixed jail term beginning on December 22 and expiring on February 11.
Maksymow was given a four-month suspended sentence on the intimidation charge and Mr Murray imposed a 12-month apprehended violence order.
Mr Murray ordered Maksymow to comply with any directions from the Probation and Parole Service.