Accused sex, car attacker freed on bail

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A man accused of attempting to rape a woman at Melbourne nightclub has been barred from pubs and clubs but freed on bail.

Brandon Arfaoui, 22, is also barred from driving after allegedly assaulting another young woman including driving along a suburban Melbourne street while she clung onto the car bonnet.

Arfaoui was arrested this week over the attack on a woman at Prahran's Love Machine nightclub in January 2020, when he allegedly locked a woman in a toilet cubicle and tried to force her to perform oral sex in exchange for drugs.

He tried to kiss her and force himself on her while she pushed him away and repeatedly told him no, detective Michael Fawcett told a bail application in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Arfaoui has also been charged over an unrelated attack on a woman, known to him, after she refused to give him access to her car.

Magistrate Ross Maxted was told Arfaoui punched the woman and bit her hand to get the keys from her, before driving off in her car while she held onto the bonnet.

He allegedly braked repeatedly in an attempt to throw her off the bonnet, before stopping and pulling her off the car, punching her in the face, chest and back before fleeing the scene.

Mr Maxted said he thought long and hard about refusing bail for Arfaoui, who is already on bail for other offences including the serious assault of a doctor in Queensland.

"(Arfaoui) has an extraordinary level of offending for such a young man," he said.

But Mr Maxted said he believed conditions including a $15,000 surety, a ban on driving, a ban on attending any licensed premises and supervised fortnightly drug tests could ameliorate any risk.

He said trial delays of up to three years made the circumstances of Arfaoui's case exceptional, justifying his release on bail.

Arfaoui will also be bound by a curfew from 10pm to 6am, will have to report to police three times a week and must hand over his phone and pass code when asked by any police officer.

He'll be required to live with his brother who has offered a $15,0000 surety.

His case will return to court next year.

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