Bendigo man bailed after crime spree

CAUGHT: Police arrest Ryan O'Keefe at Sailors Gully Road, Eaglehawk. Picture: PETER WEAVING

CAUGHT: Police arrest Ryan O'Keefe at Sailors Gully Road, Eaglehawk. Picture: PETER WEAVING

A NORTH Bendigo man who allegedly broke into a house and stomped on the owner's head before assaulting another man in broad daylight has been granted bail. 

Ryan O'Keefe, 22, of North Bendigo, faces several assault and weapons charges, relating to separate incidents over the last month. 

The court heard that on June 3 this year, O'Keefe entered a property with another man and approached a man sitting on the couch. 

The co-accused - who remains at large - punched the victim in the head before throwing him at the television. O'Keefe pushed the victim onto the ground and stomped on his head, which left visible shoe impressions across his face. 

The victim, who was unknown to O'Keefe, suffered cuts to his face and temporarily lost sight in his left eye. 

The two accused were seen leaving the house, shouting "f... that n....." and saying "my fists hurt". 

About 20 minutes later, the men were seen walking down Pall Mall when they approached a group of men outside the Black Swan Hotel. 

The co-accused punched and shoved a man before the accused "joined in the assault" and punched the young victim in the face.

At an earlier incident, O'Keefe approached his ex-girlfriend at Lake Weerona and pushed her onto the ground in front of their young child. 

There was an intervention order in place at the time that prevented O'Keefe from seeing his ex-girlfriend. 

O'Keefe escaped charges for the incidents until he was found by police at a separate incident in Eaglehawk on Wednesday afternoon. 

Police were called to Sailors Gully Road after three men, including O'Keefe, were seen sitting in a car with an imitation firearm and two knives. 

O'Keefe was remanded in custody and faced court on Thursday. 

Police prosecutor Liz Jones opposed bail, noting the seriousness of offending and strength of the prosecution's case. She also said the female victim was in fear of O'Keefe. 

O'Keefe's defence counsel  said her client had been diagnosed with bi-polar and was not the main protagonist in the June 3 incident. 

O'Keefe was granted bail, with strict conditions, and will reappear for a committal mention at a later date. 

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