‘Quit drink’ offer fails to free man

AN Albury man without a permanent residence offered to abstain from alcohol when seeking bail yesterday from a court registrar.

Nigel Bradley appeared in custody in Albury Local Court after previously being convicted on charges of intimidation and malicious damage when he failed to attend court in March.

Warrants were issued for him, and a bond imposed last November for assault was recently revoked.

Bradley, 38, was due to appear at court on June 2 over the revocation, but failed to attend.

Solicitor Dione Garwell represented him and said Bradley was living with a friend at Mate Street, North Albury.

Ms Garwell put forward the offer made by Bradley to stay off alcohol in a bid for bail.

But court registrar Jim Bretag remanded Bradley in custody to appear in court on Monday through a video link from Junee.

Mr Bretag said Bradley had other matters of violence on his record.

The assault offence happened in 2012 and Bradley was put on a bond after being convicted last year.

Bradley was drinking alcohol with a woman on March 8 this year at her home when the other off-ences were committed.

The pair had been in an off-and-on relationship in recent years. But they argued and the woman asked Bradley to leave.

He refused and the woman managed to coax him out by asking him to buy something to eat for their evening meal.

When he left, she shut a wooden door and locked a security door.

Bradley returned, kicking the security door and bending it before kicking the wooden door open.

The frightened woman rang the police and they arrested Bradley.

An apprehended violence order was taken out for the woman’s protection.