Homeless man remanded over Vic carjacking
A homeless man who had just spent roughly a month out of jail threatened a man with a flick knife as he stepped out of his car in Melbourne's southeast.
Nathan Gregory Sabbatucci, 26, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with aggravated carjacking, theft of motor vehicle, attempted theft of a motor vehicle and other driving-related offences.
Sabbatucci unsuccessfully applied for bail, as he had been released from a 14-month jail term on June 12.
"I have no one out there and I am remorseful," he pleaded, adding he hadn't seen his son since being released from jail.
He allegedly approached a male driver, 68, as he stepped out of his white Kia Cerato outside a milk bar and threatened him with a black flick knife in Frankston.
"Give me the fucking keys," he allegedly said to the driver who feared Sabbatucci would use force if he didn't comply.
The disqualified driver stole the car, drove off erratically, before he met with his co-accused Katelyn Lawler, 25, at a Frankston property before removing the registration plates.
He continued to drive the Kia erratically, with Lawler as a passenger, which caused witnesses to call police, the court was told.
Sabbatucci drove to another property in Langwarrin, with Lawler allegedly a passenger, and removed the front plate from a Mitsubishi before fleeing when a neighbour disturbed him.
A witness saw the Kia parked at the back of a property in Skye, and called police.
Officers arrested Sabbatucci while in possession of the stolen Kia car and its key and the knife at the property.
"No one I know has a car. I have no shoes. I need to organise myself a bag and I will probably go into jail, yeah?" he said.
Sabbatucci has "an extensive criminal history" having committed indictable offences while on bail, contravening community corrections orders, traffic, licence and dangerous driving-related offences, prosecutor Geoff Adams said.
The matter is due to return to the same court on July 22 for a filing hearing.
His co-accused has been bailed to appear at another court next month over the theft of a motor vehicle.
© AAP 2019