Visit to cop’s home back­fires

Man ac­cused of bash­ing his ex-part­ner and scar­ing po­lice­man’s fam­ily kept be­hind bars

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By CAROLYN ARCHER

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.

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