A former footy star has been charged after secretly filming his ex-girlfriend as she slept.
Colin Sylvia, who played for Melbourne and Fremantle in the AFL, had recently broken up with the woman who he had been dating for seven years.
Police allege Sylvia had been sending her abusive messages and even climbed into a vacant apartment next door to her residence and observed her through a window.
The 31-year-old’s phone was seized after his arrest, where police say they found videos of the woman sleeping.
Sylvia confronted his ex-partner on Sunday by climbing onto the balcony of her home.
He fled when she called police, but returned hours later and watched her from the empty next-door apartment.
The former Demons and Dockers star was released on bail Monday and will reappear in a Melbourne court on November 28.
He faced court in 2006 over an alleged domestic violence incident with his then-girlfriend.
Sylvia was found intoxicated nearby his distressed girlfriend near Albert Park at 3:30am in January of that year.
A witness told the court the Aussie Rules star threatened to kill him if he ‘went to the police’ over the alleged incident.
Sylvia consented to an order against him, however the Magistrate noted that he did not admit any of the allegations and that the Magistrate would not consider whether a threat had been made.