Celebrity accountant in court over AVO for estranged TV presenter wife


Champion skipper and celebrity accountant Anthony Bell says he's "looking forward to the truth coming out" after a Sydney magistrate set a hearing date for an apprehended violence order application against him.

Bell is subject to an interim AVO sought by police last month on behalf of his estranged wife, former model and television presenter Kelly Landry.

A magistrate decided on Friday that the matter would proceed to a May hearing, despite efforts by Bell's lawyer to delay it over what he called a "breach of process".

Anthony Bell arrives at Waverley Court in Sydney on Friday, February 17. Photo: AAP

Mr Bell is best known as the owner-skipper of the 2016 Sydney to Hobart winning yacht Perpetual Loyal.

Ms Landry is best known as a former presenter for travel program Getaway.

Bell's lawyer, Chris Murphy, told Waverley Local Court on Friday he had a document that destroyed the prosecution's case.

He said the police failed to provide his legal team with evidence by the agreed date, giving them insufficient time to respond.

If police looked at certain witness statements and text messages, they would likely drop the case, Mr Murphy said.

Bell, who was supported by his mother and sister, told reporters outside court: "I have complete faith in the legal system and I'm looking forward to the truth coming out in this matter".

Kelly Landry pictured in 2015 at the Sydney Film Festival Opening Night Gala. Photo: AAP

It's understood police sought the order on Ms Landry's behalf shortly after she and Bell were photographed celebrating his December 28 Sydney to Hobart yacht race win.

Mr Murphy said he planned to make several applications, including one to dismiss the case and another to have the matter referred to the Supreme Court for contempt over a news article.

A third would seek costs against police, Mr Murphy said.

Ms Landry was not in court at Waverley.

Newsbreak – February 17