Visit to cop’s home backfires
Man accused of bashing his ex-partner and scaring policeman’s family kept behind bars
A 39-YEAR-OLD Gin Gin man who allegedly turned up at a police officer’s home within hours of being released by police has been refused bail and remains in custody.
The man, who for legal reasons cannot be named, was first arrested last Friday after he allegedly assaulted his ex-partner.
Appearing in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on charges of assault causing grievous bodily harm, public nuisance and trespassing, the defendant made an application for bail, which was opposed by police.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court that shortly after 7pm last Friday the defendant’s ex-partner attended an address at the defendant’s request after he indicated he was going to pay back money he owed.
“The victim parked her vehicle beside the defendant and spoke to him through the driver’s side window,” Sgt Stevens said.
“The defendant reached through (the) window and punched the victim three times to the right side of her face.”
Sgt Stevens said the ex-partner drove to the Gin Gin house of the defendant’s mother before the defendant arrived a short time later and allegedly again assaulted her.
“The defendant came and punched her several times in the face,” he said.
He said the victim fell to the floor and the defendant dragged her along the ground by her hair.
Sgt Stevens said the victim left the address and was later taken to Bundaberg Hospital, where she presented with a dislocated jaw, broken teeth, swelling and bruising.
The court heard police detained the defendant about 11.30pm under the Domestic Violence Act before releasing him to appear in court at a later date.
The court was told that the next day about 9.30am the defendant allegedly arrived at a Gin Gin police officer’s home.
Sgt Stevens said the police officer was at work and the defendant allegedly yelled abuse at the officer’s wife, causing their three young children to become upset.
In opposing bail, Sgt Stevens said the defendant’s most recent history included six domestic violence breaches and three serious assaults.
In her client’s defence, duty lawyer Mary Buchanan said the defendant denied any assault had taken place at the first address and that the victim had allegedly smashed windows and made threats to kill the defendant’s mother.
Magistrate Aaron Simpson said of most concern to him was that the defendant had allegedly visited the police officer’s house.
The defendant will reappear via video link on May 14.