22 February 2021

Man who strangled former neighbour and stabbed her dogs granted bail

| Albert McKnight
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ACT Law Courts Photo: Michelle Kroll Region Media

Mark Anthony Davis has admitted he committed a violent attack in Charnwood. Photo: Michelle Kroll Region Media

A 45-year-old Gungahlin man, who has pleaded guilty to charges including assault, strangulation and animal cruelty, was granted bail on Friday (19 February).

The agreed statement of facts show in July 2020 three brothers were kicking a football together on a street in Charnwood when they were approached by Mark Anthony Davis, who was speaking to himself and swearing.

He told the brothers they should not be there, but the eldest said he should leave them alone.

Davis picked up a knife from a nearby shed and approached the eldest brother, saying: “I’m going to stab you, I’m going to kill you, I’ve had issues with you, why are you still here?”

From a nearby house, a former neighbour yelled at him to leave the brothers alone, to which he replied, “F–k you, I’m going to kill you, you junkie s–t” and ran towards the woman while still holding the knife.

While the woman’s dogs were trying to protect her from Davis, he stabbed one in its head.

The woman attempted to defend herself and her pets by hitting him with a pole, but he punched her in the face several times.

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Davis left for a short time but then returned to her house, yelling, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you”.

He then used a trolley to break two of her windows.

He tackled the woman outside the house and then began strangling her while pushing her face into the ground.

During the struggle, the woman’s second dog bit Davis on the arm and he stabbed it in the torso.

Two neighbours tackled him off the woman and he left the area while the police were called. Later that afternoon, Davis contacted the ambulance service complaining he had been bitten by a dog.

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He has been in custody since July 2020. The woman’s dogs received emergency veterinary care, one suffering a puncture to his head and right ear and the other receiving a deep laceration to her left torso. Both survived and were returned to their owner.

On Friday, Davis’s case was heard in the ACT Supreme Court’s Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List. Justice Richard Refshauge said a list eligibility assessment noted Davis was not severely affected by a substance use disorder, but he was moderately affected.

Justice Refshauge granted Davis bail provided he abide by several conditions, including living at an address in Evatt, reporting to police weekly, not taking drugs or alcohol, and not entering Charnwood.

He will appear in court for sentencing on 9 April.

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