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Barnett Accused Of VRO Breach At Claremont Quarter

A son of former West Australian premier Colin Barnett breached a violence restraining order when he deliberately approached an ex-girlfriend in a shopping centre, a court has heard.

Sam Barnett allegedly did a U-turn when he spotted Dmitrie Zidar at the up-market Claremont Quarter mall on September 1, then jogged past her, coming within one metre of the 38-year-old despite the order prohibiting proximity closer than 20 metres.

The pair had been in a six-month relationship that ended almost a year earlier, Ms Zidar testified in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and she didn't want to see him again "for a reason".

"I just felt somebody rush up behind me and the next thing I knew, Sam Barnett was beside me," she told the court.

"He was out of breath.

"I was a bit taken aback and he said 'fancy seeing you here'."

She said she took evasive action to avoid him, ducking into two different clothing boutiques and waiting in a change room on the second occasion.

"I was hoping that when I left ... he wouldn't be there," she said.

Ms Zidar said she was "very scared, very apprehensive" when she saw Barnett, who admitted he was at the mall but claimed he didn't approach her.

The trial is set down for half a day.

AAP


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