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Surety offered under 'duress': Vic court

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 Melissa Iaria

The woman who put up a $20,000 surety for an international student accused of taking part in a fatal Melbourne bashing now says it was offered under duress.

The claim came during a bid by Hanjie Liu, 23, to vary his bail address in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Liu is on assault and affray charges in relation to the alleged fatal bashing of Long Xiang Hu, 19, in Chinatown on April 15.

But the prosecution alleged Liu had failed to comply with the residential component of his bail undertaking since it was granted in June.

Prosecutor Deborah Mandie also said the woman who put up $20,000 for Liu's release now wants to be discharged as a surety.

"It's a little odd," she told magistrate Franz Holzer.

"The surety says it was offered under duress and she wants to withdraw it."

Ms Mandie said that under these circumstances, bail should be revoked as Liu posed a flight risk, given he was in Australia on a student visa and had no significant ties to Melbourne.

Defence lawyer Hayden Rattray said the nature of Liu's relationship with the woman had deteriorated since being bailed.

"My client has a very different account of what's happened since he's been released," he said.

Mr Rattray said his client had no prior convictions and had reported to police daily, as part of his bail conditions.

Magistrate Franz Holzer said he needed more information to assess the case and adjourned the hearing until Monday.

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