DARCY Gant called out “I love you dad” to his father in court on Thursday after he was refused bail over robbery and assault charges and led away to the cells.
Gant, 19, was arrested and charged by police for allegedly carrying out two thefts and assaults on consecutive days on February 14 and 15 and spent a night in custody before being led into Orange Local Court on Thursday.
Several of Gant’s family members were in court lending their support to the accused who moved back to Orange two weeks before the alleged offences occurred.
Police prosecutor Andy Bobin opposed bail saying Gant had a history that was littered with violence and breaches of bail.
He told the court in one of the assaults the accused had allegedly dragged the victim into the back seat of a car and “punched the s--t out of him”, after the accused believed the victim owed him money.
He also told the court in the circumstances surrounding one of the theft charges Gant walked up to the victim in a parked car and stole the keys from the ignition.
Gant’s solicitor Michael Madden told the court his client was prepared to comply with strict bail conditions and with several family members supporting him in court he had strong community ties and would not pose a flight risk.
He also said his clients would commit to not drinking alcohol while on bail.
“He has started to get his life back on track,” Mr Madden said.
Gant is accused of allegedly assaulting his first victim on February 14 and stealing her wallet containing cash and cards.
Police allege the second assault occurred the following day when several items were allegedly stolen from a second victim.
Bail was refused with Mr Lucas saying he had to take Gant’s previous criminal history into account.