3 February 2021

Man to face court after allegedly threatening to kill a pregnant woman

| David Murtagh
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The 35-year-old man will face court on 12 charges today. Photo: File.

A 35-year-old Scullin man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (3 February) on a number of serious charges, including threatening to kill a pregnant woman and forcible confinement.

The man will face a total of 12 charges related to offences police allege he committed while he was on bail and involving a 20-year-old pregnant woman.

At about 5:00 am on Monday, 25 January, police allege the man assaulted the woman at a Macgregor residence.

Less than a week later, on Sunday, 31 January at around 10:30 am, ACT Policing received a report the man was allegedly holding the woman against her will at the Macgregor residence. Police were also advised that the offender had assaulted and threatened to kill the woman a number of times.

Police attended the location and spoke with a number of people present. Police then helped the woman to a safe location.

Police obtained statements from a number of people who alleged further offences by the man.

An arrest warrant for the man was issued on Monday, 1 February, and following an investigative search, he was arrested at a residence in Melba at about 2:45 pm yesterday (2 February).

He will face court this morning charged with three counts of reckless threat to kill, three counts of actual bodily harm on a pregnant woman, two counts of forcible confinement, and single counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intentionally wounding, possessing an offensive weapon with intent, and minor theft.

Police will oppose bail.

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“Police will oppose bail”.

He’d be unlucky to be locked up if we had to go by recent judicial decisions.

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