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Man Allegedly Hit Wife With Hammer, Can Of Corned Beef, Rolling Pin

Man Allegedly Hit Wife With Hammer, Can Of Corned Beef, Rolling Pin
July 12
10:00 2018

 

A man who allegedly assaulted his wife with a hammer, an unopened can of corned beef and a rolling pin will take his plea in the High Court on July 23.

The man appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar on a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

It is alleged that on April 8, 2018, the accused caused grievous harm to his wife by hitting her back, hands and face.

Justice Goundar said it appeared to be a trend that magistrates were not being informed of the nature of offences and relationship between the accused and the complainants when it came to domestic violence-related cases.

He made the comment after presiding over several domestic violence cases where restraining orders had not been issued in the lower courts.

The accused was represented by Legal Aid lawyer Shantel Hazelman.

State lawyer Shirley Tivao said information was filed and served on May 11, 2018, and the High Court had issued a DVRO.

Ms Hazelman requested a copy of the withdrawal statement from the Prosecution after informing the court that the complainant had opted to withdraw the case against her de facto partner.

She said her client had been advised not to intimidate or influence the complainant to withdraw the matter or change her testimony.

Ms Hazelman added that her client had indicated that he would be taking a progressive approach.

The case has been adjourned to July 23, 2018, for plea.

The accused is currently on bail.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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