Garry Fletcher, 36, refused bail charged with abduction, sexual assault after arrest

A MAN will remain behind bars accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, sparking a police manhunt at the weekend.

Garry Lyall Fletcher, 36, was ordered into Armidale Local Court on Monday after his arrest at a property in Red Range around 5.30pm on Saturday.

Detectives allege Fletcher breached an apprehended violence order (AVO) when he abducted a 33-year-old woman in the early hours of Friday morning, and then assaulted her.

Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Nick Forrest told the court his client did not want to appear in court personally during the brief mention of the charges.

But Magistrate Michael Holmes ordered police to bring Fletcher to court, saying he wanted to sight the accused, following his dramatic arrest two days earlier.

In court, Mr Holmes told Fletcher he had wanted to check he was okay.

Mr Forrest said there was no application for bail and it was formally refused by Mr Holmes.

Fletcher is charged with detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated sexual assault, intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical harm and contravening an AVO, demanding property with menaces, police pursuit and break, enter and steal.

He was not required to enter pleas to the eight charges, with the case referred to the DPP because of the serious nature of the charges.

Mr Holmes granted an adjournment to mid-October with detectives ordered to compile a brief of evidence.

Fletcher was arrested about 30km east of Glen Innes after a police operation involving detectives from New England, Oxley, Orana, the Central Hunter, and the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.