Preg­nant wife says al­le­ga­tions were a lie

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PATRICK GEE

A PREG­NANT woman who had her hus­band ar­rested on as­sault charges has told the court she made false ac­cu­sa­tions against him be­cause she was an­gry and emo­tion­ally un­sta­ble as a re­sult of the preg­nancy.

The hear­ing of Gau­rav End­lay, 40, of Chudleigh, con­tin­ued in Launce­s­ton yes­ter­day be­fore Mag­is­trate Si­mon Brown. Mr End­lay has pleaded not guilty to two counts of as­sault and one count of emo­tional abuse.

He was ac­cused of as­sault­ing Parul Bhatt by spit­ting on her, slap­ping her, sit­ting on her stom­ach, pulling her hair, twist­ing her arms, stran­gling her and punch­ing her in the face.

The court pre­vi­ously heard Ms Bhatt was taken to Delo­raine Po­lice Sta­tion by An­neMar­garet Cann to file a report against Mr End­lay on Oc­to­ber 1.

Ms Cann gave ev­i­dence in the hear­ing last week and said she had found Ms Bhatt sit­ting on her front step one morn­ing look­ing “de­flated”, “beaten” and “skinny”.

Ms Bhatt told the court yes­ter­day there was never any phys­i­cal abuse and no in­juries. She said she made the al­le­ga­tions “in the heat of anger” when she was not in a “sta­ble state of mind”.

Ms Bhatt moved to Tas­ma­nia af­ter her ar­ranged mar­riage to Mr End­lay in In­dia in Novem­ber last year.

A pros­e­cu­tor sug­gested Ms Bhatt may have changed her story be­cause she was re­liant on her hus­band for fi­nan­cial sup­port, be­cause of the sta­tus of her visa or be­cause she was co­erced by her hus­band’s fa­ther. The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

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