The Block’s Darren Jolly claims he can’t afford a lawyer, despite a string of charges that could put him in prison if proven.
The former AFL star, 38, faced Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne on Thursday, where he faced the magistrate alone.
The court heard he was facing 10 domestic violence charges dating back to last year.
Dejected Darren Jolly faced Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, facing a string of charges
The Block’s Darren Jolly previously shared a cryptic post about ‘narcissists’ and parenting – amid broken marriage and custody battle with ex Deanne
The Block star Darren Jolly enjoyed an outing with his new girlfriend Lucy Porter (pictured) to celebrate the former AFL star’s birthday in November. Mrs. Porter was not at court on Thursday
Jolly revealed on Instagram in October that he had not interacted with his two daughters, Scarlett and Lily, since divorcing his wife Deanne in September 2019.
Fast forward to January and Jolly sounded alarm bells when he shared a disturbing Instagram post claiming he couldn’t ‘go on much longer’.
He was found safe and his new girlfriend later took to Instagram herself to say that Jolly was ‘getting the best care he needs right now’.
It is Jolly’s use of Instagram that has yielded the most allegations, which are not allegations of actual physical assault.
On Thursday, an abandoned Jolly was told he was facing ten charges for violating court orders.
Jolly appeared in a black polo shirt and jeans and said he intended to challenge “most” of the charges.
“Except for breaking the 200-meter rule from the house when I dropped off the birthday cake,” he said.
In Jolly’s Instagram post in October, he referred to the alleged ‘cake incident’.
Is it parental alienation if you weren’t even nominated as an emergency contact for your own daughter at school? Is it parental alienation when you send birthday gifts and bake a birthday cake for your daughter that you don’t get any credit for? ‘he wrote at the time.
When asked on Thursday if he had legal representation, Jolly said he intended to represent himself at a disputed hearing.
Darren Jolly leaves the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court, where he is facing 10 charges
Darren Jolly will challenge a series of charges related to violation of court orders
Post: The 38-year-old (pictured with his two daughters) previously shared a cryptic Instagram post captioned: ‘It’s amazing how many messages I’ve received from dads in the same situation as me.’
“I have a lawyer in Family Court proceedings that is still pending, but (in connection with these charges) I have chosen not to have a lawyer because I can no longer afford one. I spent too much money on it, ”he said.
Jolly faces a jail term of up to five years and / or a fine of up to $ 93,276 if found guilty of the domestic violence offenses.
He will now participate in a case conference with Victoria Police hoping to find a solution.
Outside of court, Jolly saw a depressing face as he walked back to his car alone.
He declined to comment when questioned by Daily Mail Australia, claiming he was ‘not allowed’.
Two weeks ago, a more relaxed Jolly shared an insight into his well-being in another Instagram post.
‘Sitting or standing around a campfire is my happy place for me. It makes me engage in some form of mindfulness and just stop and stare at the flames and think about my life and what’s going on in it, ” he posted.
‘Lately I have had a lot of reflection because I have a lot to do and I have really struggled … I came to realize that there are many things that I cannot control, but there are things in my life that I can control. ‘
Darren Jolly and his ex-wife Deanne in happier times.
Legal battle: The Block’s Darren Jolly shared a disturbing Instagram post about his family situation amid his bitter legal battle and custody battle with estranged wife Deanne
Darren Jolly (right) was a top football player in the AFL in the early 2000s
Jolly, who appeared in near-match fitness on Thursday, stated that he was training hard again.
“It makes me feel good physically and mentally and can control that,” he wrote.
“ I keep eating well because it makes me feel good knowing that I’m putting good food into my body and I can control that. ”
Jolly said he had surrounded himself with supportive people and called out to others who may be going through similar troubled times.
“I hope someone else who is struggling can find his or her happy place. The weather is a campfire like me or the beach or the bush or wherever that makes them think about their own lives, ”he said.
Self-reflection is important to understand where our mind is and when we realize it’s not okay, recognize what those things are and ask for help.
“If anyone in Melbourne is interested in camping with me for a weekend to participate in an open forum around a campfire to discuss their own struggles, please drop me a line.”
Darren and Deanne Jolly were popular contestants on Channel Nine’s renovation series The Block, which appeared twice in 2014 and 2015 and won the final season.
Jolly has made no secret of his battle with mental illness since the split.
Divorced: It comes after Darren revealed that he had not spent time with his daughters during the Melbourne coronavirus blockade or since his divorce from their mother. Pictured: Darren and Deanne Jolly with their children on January 20, 2017 in Melbourne
About: Darren and Deanne announced their divorce in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage
Last year, he spoke candidly at Collingwood’s annual general meeting about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage.
Spending three weeks in a mental institution to deal with depression. I left my 15-year marriage because I was no longer in love and wanted a happier life, ”he said.
He told his former teammates that around this time his mental health got so bad that he “ almost did something stupid and ended up [his] life’.
‘Everything was too much to handle and I lost control. I lost my drive to keep going, I lost my purpose in life, I lost my direction and lost my path. I thought it was easier to just go, ”he admitted.
Jolly will return to court in July.