6 April 2020

Man to face court after threats to kill with a chainsaw

| Michael Weaver
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Police officers on patrol in Canberra.

Police will prosecute a 32-year-old man with threatening to kill after he allegedly used a chainsaw in a family violence incident. Photo: File.

A 32-year-old Canberra man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (6 April) after threatening to kill a person with a chainsaw.

ACT Policing’s Acting Superintendent of Judicial and Family Violence Operations Sue Smith said the matter was being treated as a family violence incident and that the man would face the full extent of the law.

The man was charged with three counts of threats to kill a person, three counts of assault and one count of property damage.

“ACT Policing has a strong no-tolerance of family violence [policy]. We will prosecute family violence offenders to the full extent of the law,” Acting Superintendent Smith said.

“We remain committed to protecting the community against family violence during the current COVID-19 situation. It is never too early to ask for help and advice.”

ACT Policing said it will continue to work closely with Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Legal Aid to assist people who are encountering family violence.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service has reported an increase of more than 27 per cent of referrals during March.

Acting Superintendent Smith said the Family Violence Coordination Unit remains operational and is committed to continuing its work with those at risk from family violence.

A Family Violence Coordination Liaison will provide a link between police responses to victims of family violence and the application to a court for family violence orders.

Police can also provide assistance and advice to the perpetrators of family violence to assist them in changing their behaviours.

Information about family violence and support services can be found on the ACT Policing website.

If you are a victim of family violence or believe someone you know is the victim of family violence you can contact police on 131 444 or 000 for emergencies.

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