The man who crashed his car into a western Sydney hijab shop will remain behind bars after police raised concerns about a "very similar" incident earlier in the year.
Sabry Moustafa Nassar, 51, was denied bail when he appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday morning after prosecutors raised fears for the community and the risk of a repeat incident.
The court heard that the crash had similar hallmarks to an incident at Lakemba in January this year for which Nassar has also now been charged.
The details of the earlier incident are not known, however Magistrate Holly Kemp denied Nassar's bail application because of what she described as "elements of predatory or deliberate behaviour" on that occasion.
Nassar has been charged with a string of offences, including driving furiously in a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and reckless driving, and is facing a maximum possible jail term of two years.
Of the 14 people injured during the Greenacre crash, two remain in hospital, and Magistrate Kemp said conditional bail could not mitigate the risk to the community.
She said that Nassar was revving the engine of his Mitsubishi SUV before it rear-ended a white sedan, travelled through the intersection and crashed through the front of Hijab House.
"The cause for concern is that there are two incidents on behalf of Mr Nassar of a similar nature four months apart," she said.
Police prosecutor Chief Inspector Tim Lowe opposed bail on the grounds that Nassar failed to explain his behaviour and there were concerns there could be a repeat incident if he was released on bail.
"The risk of grievous bodily injury or death was very, very high," he said.
"Fortunately something like that didn't eventuate your honour. I note a very similar manner of driving in January this year. And we obviously want to know what is causing the accused to drive this way."
The court heard that Nassar, a painter, was on his way home from work prior to Thursday's crash.
Footage shows his car rear-end a white sedan at the corner of Boronia and Waterloo Roads, causing a series of minor collisions between other cars waiting at the traffic lights.
Smoke can be seen billowing into the air as the wagon's wheels spin for at least 20 seconds behind the white sedan.
The sedan is eventually pushed around the corner and the SUV continues through the intersection and crashes into the store.
Nassar's lawyer Mostafa Daoudie told the court his client was not conscious during the incident and denied he deliberately drove into the store.
He argued that if convicted Nassar was not facing a prison term, and that any time spent in custody while refused bail would exceed any sentence.
After being denied bail, Mr Daoudie also flagged that his client would make another release application in the Supreme Court.
"While the circumstances of the offence are unfortunate, my client denies any intention," Mr Daoudie said outside court.
"Based on my instruction there was a medical episode."
Nassar was initially questioned and released without charge before being re-arrested on Friday.
He will next face court on June 9.
Australian Associated Press