Shepparton News

Strict bail conditions

NUMURKAH MAN CHARGED WITH RANGE OF OFFENCES

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A Numurkah man who allegedly broke into his expartner’s house at 3 am and assaulted her and another male before telling police he had simply attended to ‘‘check on’’ her has been granted bail.

The man, 25 — who cannot be named for legal reasons — faced Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court charged with a range of offences, including aggravated burglary, trespass, recklessly causing injury, assault and contraveni­ng a family violence interventi­on order with intent to cause apprehensi­on or fear.

Police informant Detective Sergeant Simon Hunter told the court the man was at his mother’s Numurkah address on October 3 drinking with a friend, when he allegedly messaged his ex-partner accusing her of being seen with a new male partner.

After the woman denied this, the accused told her to ‘‘stop talking s***’’ and to ‘‘go have fun’’ with the other man.

It is alleged the man then went to the woman’s address at 3 am the following morning where she was in bed with the other man, and entered via a laundry window.

The accused allegedly became involved in a physical altercatio­n with the male, punching him and screaming at him. He allegedly wrestled a glass bottle from the woman and struck another male present over the head with it, causing a gash to his head.

The occupants of the house, Det Sgt Hunter said, managed to ‘‘herd’’ the accused back to the laundry and he eventually left.

Police arrested the man on October 4. It is alleged he posted messages related to the incident on Facebook before his arrest.

Interviewe­d after his arrest, the accused told police he had gone to the address at 3 am to ‘‘check on’’ the woman.

He admitted entering the house through the laundry, and said he was attacked.

Defence counsel Shana

McDonald said the accused maintained he did not assault anyone, stating he was assaulted first before acting in self-defence.

She added he was not aware the other man was at the house, although Magistrate Peter Dunn noted he had told police he had gone to the address to check up on the woman, but was accused of pushing past her to attack the man instead.

But Mr Dunn granted bail, finding the risk of reoffendin­g could be significan­tly reduced with the imposition of strict bail conditions, the assistance of the Court Integrated Services Program and the supervisio­n of his mother.

Bail conditions include not being permitted to consume alcohol, use drugs, leave Victoria, contact witnesses or drive, along with a curfew.

‘‘You’re very lucky to get out . . . if you put a foot wrong you’ll be back in,’’ Mr Dunn said.

The man will be in court for committal mention on January 18, 2022.

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