An embattled Home and Away star is in jail on remand after he tried to use a bottle of wine to assault a man during a botched carjacking.
Felix Dean appeared in Sydney Downing Centre District Court on Monday after pleading guilty to assaulting a man with the intention to rob him earlier this year.
According to the court documents, the 26-year-old tried to steal the keys to an Audi A5 from an unknown man on May 28.
The victim was getting into his car in Botany, in Sydney’s south, at 8.30pm when he felt something blocking the driver’s door from closing.
When he looked up, he saw Dean was holding the car door open and standing over him.
“Get the f*** out of the car c*** and give me your f***ing keys,” the former child star demanded.
When the victim told him to “f*** off”, the agreed facts state Dean grabbed a full wine bottle out of his satchel and wielded it as a weapon.
The actor held the bottle by the neck and swung it towards the other man, who leant back to avoid being hit.
He continued to demand that the victim get out of the car and hand over the keys as he swung the bottle threateningly, according to the agreed facts.
The victim told police he was unable to defend himself and agreed to hand over the keys if Dean allowed him to stand up.
As the child actor took a step backwards, the victim kicked him in the face and then in the chest.
He yelled for help as Dean staggered back and took off slowly down the street.
The court heard he admitted to assaulting the man in Botany with the intention of robbing him, but pleaded not guilty to the three charges of common assault relating to a separate incident.
The former television star beamed into the courtroom via audiovisual link while wearing his prison green tracksuit on Monday.
He looked anxious throughout the proceedings and drummed his hands on the desk in front of him inside the custody cell.
His lawyer Lauren MacDougall said she would be applying to have the charges dismissed under the mental health act.
The former actor shot to fame when he was only 10 years old.
He got his big break when he played the role of “VJ” on Home and Away alongside Ada Nicodemou as her on-screen son.
Dean starred on the Channel 7 show between 2007 and 2010, and was nominated for Best Young Actor at the 2008 and 2009 Inside Soap Awards.
He will return to court on September 11.
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