Joondalup Business Association vice president Martin Smith remains behind bars until at least mid-December

Martin John Smith
Martin John Smith

PROMINENT local businessman Martin John Smith remains in prison after his latest court hearing into allegations of stalking his estranged wife.

Mr Smith, who runs multi-million dollar Neerabup business Orbit Drilling, appeared via video link from Hakea Prison on Tuesday.

He was refused bail at a hearing on November 24.

A lawyer representing Mr Smith’s solicitor Chris Baker told Magistrate Deen Potter Mr Smith would be changing his legal team.

She said he intended to apply for bail at his next hearing.

Mr Potter set the date for that hearing at December 19, but it could change depending on what suited his new lawyer.

If it remains at December 19, Mr Smith will have spent nearly a month in jail after being taken into custody on November 23.

The Joondalup Business Association co-vice president faces charges of stalking and illegally using a tracking device.

The stalking relates to accusations of hiring a private investigator to follow his wife.

He is also accused of organising a tracking device to be put on her car.

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