Molan's fiance to appear at Bell AVO hearing
THE fiance of Footy Show star Erin Molan will appear in the same legal drama his partner was sensationally dragged into earlier this week.
Homicide squad detective Sean Ogilvy will be called to the witness box at the Anthony Bell/Kelly Landry AVO dispute on Thursday morning.
Mr Ogilvy will act as a witness for the defence and is expected to give evidence about the character of Mr Bell, a celebrity accountant and Sydney to Hobart skipper.
Mr Bell's barrister Ian Temby QC told Magistrate Robert Williams that Mr Ogilvy would be asked about an event attended by Mr Bell and Ms Landry in the Southern Highlands on November 19 last year.
That was the day after Ms Landry alleges her arm was injured during an incident with Mr Bell at their Watsons Bay mansion.
Ms Landry later said she didn't suspect an affair between the two, but thought their relationship was "odd".
Ms Landry is seeking a final AVO [apprehended violence order] against Mr Bell who she accuses of two episodes of violence throughout their five-year marriage.
Mr Bell is fighting the application and yesterday spent most of the day in the witness box denying he assaulted her or withheld money during their marriage.
Mr Temby asked Mr Bell if he was "pleased or displeased" by the accusation about Molan.
"Displeased," Mr Bell answered.
After the Erin Molan texts Ms Landry sent a final message to Mr Bell that ended with the words "the abuse stops here".
This afternoon, Mr Bell read to the court his response.
"I'm not being treated and bullied. Your behaviour in front of mum and my sister made me cringe, and it's gone too far."
The angry exchange occurred on the evening of December 28, after Mr Bell had won the Sydney to Hobart race.
Another message from Mr Bell accused her of showing "more loyalty" to her friends than to him.
It ended with "no more".
A nanny who worked for the couple told the court she believed she was fired because she took sides after the bitter split.
Merania Hibbard told the Downing Centre Local Court she worked for the couple until late February when Ms Landry wrote to her to tell her she was no longer required.
"In the letter it said having a nanny work across two households she felt was not ideal."
"But I felt it was because I was more on Anthony's side than hers."
She worked about 50 hours a week for the couple and was paid $23 an hour. She still works for Mr Bell.
The court has previously heard Ms Landry's belief the nanny was paid more than her.
ANTHONY BELL: KELLY WANTED MY PHONE
Mr Bell told the court a fight erupted between he and his wife because she lunged at him to grab his mobile phone from his hand.
Mr Bell said Ms Landry was upset that a former lover of his had been at an engagement party the couple attended in Mosman.
The February 2012 is one of two alleged violent episodes Ms Landry is relying on in her AVO application.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Laura Nightingale suggested to Mr Bell he took his wife's mobile phone to check her messages.
"You refused to give her the phone back, didn't you?"
"I didn't have the phone," he answered.
"There was a wrestle between you and Kelly wasn't there?
He replied: "As she tried to take my phone."
"She was upset about a discussion I had with a former girlfriend."
Sgt Nightingale said Ms Landry fell on her head onto a tile floor, but Mr Bell said his recollection was she fell on her backside.
He denied he fell on top of her.
Mr Bell told the court Ms Landry tried to take the couple's baby out of the apartment and he moved in between the bassinet and her to prevent that from happening.
He said the baby was in the bassinet and he never tried to take the child from Ms Landry.
"You put your hands on her neck and pushed her onto the bed didn't you," Sgt Nightingale said.
He replied firmly: "No".
They both had been drinking that night and he confirmed he had too much alcohol to drive.
Asked if Ms Landry was careful with the amount she drank he replied "No".
She was breastfeeding their baby at the time of the fight and Ms Nightingale said Ms Landry "barely consumed alcohol" at that time.
"No," Mr Bell said.
He later denied she "modified" her drinking after she was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.
Sgt Nightingale suggested he had put pressure on Ms Landry not to say anything to the police when they arrived the next morning.
She put it to him he made comments like "you can't do this to us" and, if she did make a complaint, he would "take her down" and have her mentally assessed.
Mr Bell said none of that was true.
'SHE WOULD BUY PERSONAL EFFECTS FOR HERSELF'
Mr Bell said Ms Landry spent $1000 of his money each week on groceries and "personal effects for herself".
One of Ms Landry's accusations about her husband is that he was "financially mean" to her.
"She would buy personal effects for herself."
Ms Nightingale put it to him that his wife would regularly have to ask his secretary for money to pay for things such as children's clothes "on a weekly basis".
Mr Bell denied that was true.
"If she needed extra money she asked for it. She would ask me at home and she got it."
If something around the house had to be fixed and their was an invoice from a tradesman that needed paying, she could send the invoice to a staff member who would then arrange payment, he told Downing Centre Local Court.
Ms Nightingale produced a series of bank statements that showed purchases for children, including Pottery Barn for kids.
"It's fair to say your wife does pay for children's clothing," Ms Nightingale said.
He said that was correct.
"And that is entirely from the $1000 you gave her?'
But he denied the money used to pay for the children's clothes was from her weekly $1000 allowance.
The court heard Ms Landry stopped working at the Nine Network in late 2011 when she was pregnant with their first child.
The weekly money was deposited onto her credit card by automatic payment when he was the sole income earner, he said.
He agreed this was her only income at that time.
Ms Nightingale asked him if he recalled a number of occasions when Ms Landry was forced to ring him for help when she had been stuck without money - including being trapped twice in carparks and once when she was with a friend and needed money for dinner.
Mr Bell said he couldn't recall any of the occasions.
The hearing continues.