Ratu Meli Bainimarama [Photo Credit: AAP/Dan Himbrechts]
The Parramatta Local Court in New South Wales has denied bail for Meli Bainimarama, the son of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
The 36-year-old was arrested on Monday at his home in Guildford.
It’s alleged that he intentionally or recklessly damaged a woman’s Nissan car key, assaulted her, and intentionally choked her without her consent.
He pleaded not guilty to the fresh charges.
Meanwhile, he is also separately defending a raft of other domestic violence charges, in which police allege he choked a woman, bit her on the face and body, hit her across the ear, and sent her an intimate video he recorded without her consent.
A hearing for those charges was left part-heard in Parramatta Local Court in June and adjourned until April next year.