A 29 year old Pakenham man had his hopes of attending his mother’s funeral dashed when he was denied bail today at the Melbourne Magistrates’ court.

Paul Sergides, a self-employed cabinet maker who is in custody after assaulting a man and stealing his car, was told on April 22 that his mother, Anna, had died suddenly of a stroke while on holidays in Greece.

He appeared before Magistrate Mark Stratmann this morning to apply for bail to act as a pall bearer at his mother’s funeral and to care for the remaining members of his family.

Mr McClure, Sergides’ lawyer, argued his client should be granted bail saying that since being told of his mother’s death, his client’s sole focus was caring for his family – his father Michael and brother Sebastian who is legally blind.

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