An man accused of indecently assaulting three underage girls after wishing them a "Happy New Year" at a popular South Coast swimming spot has been denied bail.
Police allege 64-year-old Isack Selvanathan, who is in Australia on a visitor's visa, kissed the 13 and 14-year-old girls, two of whom are sisters, at Kiama rock pool on Tuesday afternoon.
Selvanathan, who wailed in the dock before his matter was mentioned in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday, kissed the girls on both sides of their cheeks near their lips, before kissing them on the mouth, according to court documents.
On one occasion he allegedly touched one of the girl's breasts at the same time.
In opposing bail, prosecutor Cody Davis said Selvanathan - who was scheduled to leave Australia next month - was a risk of absconding and reoffending if released.
She said the case against him was "overwhelming", with police obtaining numerous witness statements.
It is alleged the mother of the sisters swam to the side of the pool and splashed the man in an attempt to get him away from the third victim.
"What are you doing, mate?" one man who allegedly witnessed the third assault said.
"Sorry, sorry, I'm a tourist. I don't speak English," Selvanathan reportedly replied.
Defence lawyer Matt Russoniello said Selvanathan, who was aided in court by a Tamil interpreter, did not appear to have a record in India.
He said he has been in Australia since September last year and resided in Sydney with his son who has lived in the country for a decade.
Magistrate Mark Douglass denied bail saying he was concerned by the uncontrolled nature of the alleged offending.
The magistrate said he wouldn't take into account suggestions Selvanathan had been drinking heavily before the assaults.
"The behaviour continued without, it would seem, an ability to stop," he said.
"They (the victims) are at a vulnerable age ... at which they may be not able to protect themselves from such a predator."
Selvanathan's four charges of indecent assault of a person under 16 are due to be mentioned again on February 1.