Nelly Yoa to be sentenced for perjury

Sentencing of Nelly Yoa (centre) for making false reports to police has been postponed.
Sentencing of Nelly Yoa (centre) for making false reports to police has been postponed.

A serial attention seeker facing perjury charges has rolled up to a Melbourne court in a white Rolls Royce with a presidential-style security detail running beside the vehicle.

Nelly Yoa, 30, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, charged with five offences, including perjury and making false reports to police.

Clad in a pink blazer and white pants, he arrived at court with two luxury cars and a team supporters running alongside his chauffeured vehicle wearing black suits and sunglasses.

Charge sheets allege Yoa lied to police that a woman threatened him with a knife in his Dandenong home in June 2016.

Yoa again allegedly lied to them again in May 25, 2018, when he reported a woman threatened him with a handgun.

His solicitor, Chris McLennan, told the court Yoa "does seem to have delusions of grandeur... this sort of narcissism".

"Everything he has brought before the court is there as his own stupidity," he said, but added his client would find it difficult to be imprisoned.

Deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton ordered Yoa be assessed for a community corrections order and adjourned his matter to June 20.

A friend of Yoa, who joined him in court, gave reporters a one-page statement from Yoa saying his "spectacular arrival" was "not attention seeking".

In the statement, Yoa, who previously claimed to have played professional soccer overseas, blamed the charges on a police and state government vendetta against him.

"I won't be silent. I answer to no one," he said.

Mr McLennan said Yoa worked at the justice department from April to May, but lost his job after media reporting of his court matters.

"I am struggling to understand how this is possible," Ms Broughton said.

The father-of-three now works in a storeroom in Ballarat.

Mr McLennan said his client had "attracted media attention and he will have to suffer that for his whole life".

When Yoa was asked outside court why he had the flashy car, he said "I'm not sure" and said those running alongside it were just "general public".

Australian Associated Press