Boyfriend of missing Vic woman denied bail

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Police found a blood-stained carpet at missing Melbourne woman Maryam Hamka's boyfriend's house the day after she went missing, a court has been told.

Toby Loughnane, 41, is accused of assaulting his on-and-off-again partner Ms Hamka, 36, who was reported missing on April 15.

He applied for bail at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday but the bid was rejected.

Senior Constable Callum Turner told the court Ms Hamka's family remained "terrified" of Loughnane and said police believe he has "something to do with" her disappearance.

"He has not shown remorse or assisted police whatsoever in attempting to locate her," Sen Const Turner told the court.

"Her family are extremely terrified of (Loughnane) and fear of retribution given what has been alleged."

Court documents show police found a "large portion of what appeared to be blood-stained carpet" in the hallway of the man's Brighton home on April 16.

"The accused has not co-operated with police investigators and has shown very little concern for the welfare of the victim," the documents said.

Sen Const Turner also said a phone was found during a search of Loughnane's house.

The 41-year-old is not charged in relation to Ms Hamka's disappearance, but is charged with assaulting her at some time between December 1 last year and April 15 this year.

Ms Hamka was last seen leaving a Brunswick supermarket on April 10. She told family she was going to visit a friend in Brighton.

Loughnane is accused of the aggravated unlawful assault of Ms Hamka, and two charges of recklessly causing injury to her.

He is also accused of committing the offence of intentionally causing injury while on bail between March and April this year.

Loughnane's lawyer Sam Norton called the prosecution case "weak". He also said no police statements had been made and his client would likely spend a year in custody before facing a contested hearing.

"This is an unusual application and carries with it peculiar difficulties, noting there is a homicide investigation supposedly ongoing but no charges laid," Mr Norton said.

Magistrate Fran Medina denied the Brighton man's bail application due to the "nature and seriousness of the alleged offending".

Loughnane will next face court for a contest mention on October 5.

The investigation into Ms Hamka's disappearance is ongoing.

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