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Vic attention seeker allowed out on bail

By AAP Newswire

Serial liar Nelly Yoa has been sentenced to jail, but walked from a Melbourne court on bail after a stinging reprimand from a magistrate for his "tissue of lies".

The 30-year-old was back to his old tricks on Thursday as he left Melbourne Magistrates Court, where he'd earlier been sentenced to five months in prison for perjury and making a false report to police.

"I never lied to police mate," Yoa told reporters as he left, despite having pleaded guilty to the offences.

"This (pleading guilty) is just to prevent any further delay of court. Today is about being honest and acknowledging what I've done is wrong and, look, just try to move forward."

Yoa then lashed deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton for her "politically motivated" decision and treatment of him due to his skin colour.

"Everyone's got an opinion. Everyone's opinion does not matter," he said.

Yoa previously pleaded guilty to five offences, including perjury and making false report, and breaching orders.

"Your preoccupation with your reputation and public image are a confabulation of a narcissistic individual ... aimed at protecting any constructed public image," Ms Broughton said in court, imposing an 18-month community corrections order on Yoa upon his release from jail.

But after Yoa was led away by guards, he appealed the sentence and was granted bail until his challenge is heard on August 12.

"I am satisfied that your application for bail should be granted ... the victim more broadly is the justice system," Ms Broughton said.

Strict bail conditions include reporting to police three days a week in his home city of Ballarat, and he's banned from Melbourne's CBD unless for medical or legal reasons.

He also must live with his partner at their home in Wendouree, although he told reporters he lived at Southbank and was heading there.

Police opposed bail, concerned with the risk of reoffending.

Charges against Yoa stemmed from his lie to police that a woman threatened him with a knife at his Dandenong home in June 2016, while his partner and three young children were inside.

"It was a complete fabrication, a tissue of lies," Ms Broughton said.

He also lied to police in May last year, when he reported the same woman threatened him with a handgun in Melbourne's CBD.

"You say she approached you, opened up her cardigan and exposed a handgun ... and said 'don't tell immigration - if you do I will give you this'," Ms Broughton said.

"Of course that allegation, that report and the material in that report were complete fabrications and a tissue of lies."

A psychological report said Yoa engaged in "grandiose behaviour" including claims of sporting prowess, having famous sports stars as close associates, and elevation in the Sudanese community.

"Many of these themes and features have not been able to be substantiated by any evidence," Ms Broughton said.

Yoa has mental health issues and has used drugs, the court was told.

He witnessed brutality during the civil war in South Sudan before arriving in Australia, aged 12, with his family for "a new life", Ms Broughton said.

Yoa is due to attend the County Court on August 12 for his appeal.

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