Meli Bainimarama refused bail

December 6, 2023 9:07 am

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.

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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.