Barnett Labels VRO Breach Accuser A 'F**king B***h'
Son of former Western Australian premier Colin Barnett is accused of breaching a family violence restraining order by deliberately approaching an ex-girlfriend in a shopping centre but claims it was an accidental encounter.
Sam Barnett, 29, allegedly did a U-turn when he spotted Dmitrie Zidar at the up-market Claremont Quarter on September 1, then ran up behind her, coming within one metre of the 38-year-old despite the order prohibiting proximity closer than 20 metres.
"He was out of breath," Ms Zidar told Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
"I was a bit taken aback and he said 'fancy seeing you here'."
Ms Zidar said their six-month relationship had ended almost a year earlier, she didn't want to see him again "for a reason" and she was "very scared, very apprehensive" when she did.
She said she took evasive action, 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.
In a video-recorded police interview three days later, Barnett admitted he came close to her but insisted he didn't deliberately approach her.
He said he backtracked and coincidentally ran in her direction because he'd mistakenly believed he left behind a swiper card at a sushi train, only to realise it was in his pocket, which the prosecutor labelled "a complete fabrication".
"I don't think I saw her until I was next to her, probably," Barnett told the officers.
"I didn't interact with her at all, apart from looking at her."
When police said the footage showed him "clearly" looking into a boutique Ms Zidar was in before the encounter, seemingly slowing down and waiting for something, Barnett repeatedly exclaimed "I can see how it looks".
He insisted he inadvertently followed Ms Zidar and didn't want anything to do with her, labelling the mother-of-two a "jaded woman, a decade older", a "liar" and a "f**king b***h".
"She called up 10 of my friends when we broke up," Barnett said.
"She's just a nightmare."
Magistrate Geoff Lawrence has reserved his decision until April 3.