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Neiwand accused of stalking

Former top Australian track rider Gary Neiwand has been accused of breaching a restraining order preventing him from seeing his ex-wife Catherine, but has been released on $10,000 bail after a hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The 38 year-old allegedly hid in Catherine's backyard on March 19, in breach of the order, and urinated in a glass of champagne that she was drinking. He also allegedly threatened to "rip her arms off", yelled abuse at her while she was picking up her children, and threatened a friend of hers, Andrew Knight after breaking into Catherine's home on March 22.

The restraining order was put in place in 2002, and Gary Neiwand's lawyer said that the alleged breaches were made within a one month period, and there were no others. One week ago, Neiwand was granted partial custody to see his two children, and the court's magistrate Robert Tuppen said that this should reduce the chances of further breaches to the order. In granting bail to Neiwand, judge Tuppen ordered him to reappear in court on June 2.

Neiwand's case has similarities to that of Stephen Pate, another ex-top Australian track sprinter, who was arrested several times for breaching a restraining order against his ex-wife.

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