O'Callaghan refused bail

The West Australian

Commissioner’s son will spend Christmas in jail after bail application rejected.

The WA Police Commissioner’s son will spend Christmas in jail after a magistrate rejected his bail application this morning.

Russell O’Callaghan was arrested in August after he allegedly assaulted his former partner while holding her captive in her south-eastern suburbs home for two days.

He was released on bail but was taken into custody for allegedly breaching his strict conditions by contacting the woman on Facebook.

Prosecutor Brian Costello told the court Mr O’Callaghan had engaged in a conversation with the woman on Facebook just before he was due to start a program in a rehabilitation clinic.

He said Mr O’Callaghan encouraged the woman to change her police statement before making threats of a "fairly vile nature".

Police discovered the messages after the woman gave officers her phone as part of a separate investigation.

Defence lawyer Sandra De Maio said the woman initiated the contact and told Mr O'Callaghan she wanted to get back together with him.
"She contacted him and then he has finally caved," she said.

"It is unsavoury conversation on both sides but at no stage does he threaten her."

The court was told Mr O'Callaghan became angry after he received separate messages threatening his mother and his family.

The messages allegedly included a description of his father Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan's yard.

Mr O’Callaghan's bail conditions included 24-hour home detention and that he not contact the alleged victim.

He was taken to Casuarina Prison after he was charged with breaching protective bail conditions and breaching a violence restraining order.

A spot in a 14-week Palmerston program had been secured for Mr O’Callaghan in case he was released on bail.

Magistrate Denis Temby said it appeared Mr O’Callaghan had reverted to old habits.

"It does seem to me he is something of a loose cannon," he said.

Mr O’Callaghan and his estranged partner were in a relationship for about eight years and have a five-year-old son together.

The court was told he had rekindled their relationship before he was charged with assaulting and threatening her in her home.

After Mr O'Callaghan's arrest, his father said he would support his son but was staying away from the investigation.

Mr O’Callaghan is due to face court again on January 30.