Bail af­ter vi­o­lent as­saults

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

AN ECHUCA man who as­saulted his for­mer part­ner, forc­ing her into his car dur­ing an ice-fu­elled rage be­fore at­tack­ing po­lice has spent less than six weeks in cus­tody.

The 30-year-old man was re­leased on bail when he ap­peared in Echuca Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day.

He has pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to un­law­ful as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment, per­sis­tently breach­ing a fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ter­ven­tion or­der, com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence while on bail and three counts of as­sault­ing po­lice.

Po­lice al­lege the man and the woman were at an Echuca ho­tel on Septem­ber 11, in con­tra­ven­tion of a fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ter­ven­tion or­der, where he started ha­rass­ing her.

He then slapped her be­fore throw­ing her to the ground and pulling her by the hair to his car, forc­ing her in­side against her will and driv­ing off.

He was ar­rested at the woman’s house and dur­ing a re­mand hear­ing, he be­came en­raged, lash­ing out at po­lice.

When po­lice tried to hand­cuff him, the man kicked one and at­tempted to bite two oth­ers on the arm.

Dur­ing his last ap­pear­ance in Septem­ber, duty lawyer Greg John­ston asked mag­is­trate Sarah Leigh­field to re­lease his client into the care of his mother so he could get the help he needed.

On Tues­day, Mr John­ston said a jus­tice plan had been pro­vided, NDIS sup­ports and an in­ter­ven­tion or­der put in place and an ap­point­ment had been made for the man to see a doc­tor.

Ms Leigh­field bailed him to his mother’s house in Mil­dura on the con­di­tion he not en­ter Echuca, ex­cept for court, re­port to po­lice twice a week and not con­sume al­co­hol or drugs.

Still await­ing a re­port from Cor­rec­tions Vic­to­ria, she set a sen­tenc­ing date for Novem­ber 20.

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