Sam Barnett fights VRO breach accusation

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

Sam Barnett allegedly did a U-turn when he spotted Dmitrie Zidar at Claremont Quarter 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”.

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“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.

The court heard Barnett was speaking with friends when she exited the store.

She then bought items at two other shops before leaving the complex.

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.

Defence counsel Patti Chong put it to Ms Zidar that Barnett only glanced at her from a distance of about three metres, recognised her then veered away, and did not say anything.

“At no stage did Mr Barnett say anything to you as he overtook you,” Ms Chong said.

Ms Zidar said she did not know where he lived, never went to his house when they were a couple and she had been shopping at Claremont Quarter three to four times a week for several years.

The trial continues.