Anger as assault accused kept in custody

A MAN who allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend with a metal pole swore at a magistrate after being denied bail yesterday.

The alleged offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Magistrate Patrick Southey his decision “was a f***ing stupid one” and that he was going to “f***ing jail over noting”.

The Bendigo Magistrates Court heard the man had hit the woman in the stomach with a pole after attending her home last Friday, with two young children inside at the time.

He allegedly made threats to kill the woman and spat in her face up to 10 times.

That followed an incident on May 13 where the man allegedly went into a rage and kicked holes in the walls of the property before throwing the woman to the floor, straddling her, and squeezing her stomach.

The court heard the alleged victim was 26 weeks pregnant and had been left “distressed and upset”.

Video cameras set up at the woman’s home captured parts of the alleged incidents.

Alcohol played a significant role in the man’s behaviour, the court heard.

Mr Southey said the man was facing a long jail term if the charges were proven.

But Defence lawyer Megan Aumair argued the man’s partner had invited him to the property, despite court orders, and was “clearly not helping when she does that”.

She argued the woman had tried to restore the relationship which had led to alleged breaches of court orders.

The man told the court he had been trying to break up with the woman.

Mr Southey remanded him to reappear on June 26.