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A man accused of stalking three women earlier this month in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square remains behind bars.

Shane Andrew Mitchell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison and was represented by Ms Fletcher solicitor.

The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.

His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.

Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.

Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.

From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.

When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchell’s lengthy criminal history.

‘The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women,’ police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.

‘He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.’

When he first appeared in court following his arrest, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Mitchell to undergo a mental health assessment at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit.

On Tuesday the court heard Mr Mitchell had not been admitted to hospital following the assessment.

Ms Fletcher did not apply for bail for Mr Mitchell, which was formally refused by Magistrate Heilpern.

He adjourned Mr Mitchell’s matters until November 7 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Mitchell is required to enter a plea to the charges at his next appearance.


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