16 June 2023

Scullin man allegedly punched, kicked and set dog on teen

| Kim Treasure
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A man will appear in court today after a serious domestic violence incident in Scullin. Photo: File.

A 19-year-old who allegedly punched and kicked a woman before setting his dog on her will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, 24 May) charged with family violence assault.

About 8 am on Saturday, 20 May, ACT Policing responded to reports of a disturbance at a residence on McGinness Street, Scullin.

Police allege the Scullin man assaulted a 19-year-old woman at the location, causing her about 50 injuries.

A short time later, he left in a vehicle. Police attempted to locate the man in Hawker and later in the City, but further enquiries revealed the man had fled to NSW.

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At about 5:20 pm on Monday (22 May 2023) the man was arrested in Yass by NSW Police Force members, assisted by ACT Policing members from Belconnen Station and the Proactive Intervention and Diversion Team.

He faced Goulburn Local Court yesterday (23 May 2023) where arrangements were made for him to be extradited to the ACT.

The man has been charged with one count of recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm and will appear in court today.

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If you are a victim of family violence or believe someone you know is the victim of family violence, you can contact police on 131444 or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, or attend any police station.

The following services are available:

  • ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service 02 6280 0900
  • Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 02 6247 2525
  • YWCA Canberra 02 6185 2000
  • ACT Government family violence services.

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Does Singapore have it right? Is the cane a viable option should the perpetrator be convicted for this alleged assault? Short, sharp and real. A punishment and definite deterrent. And a major cost saver to boot. Singapore was the third safest city in the world in 2021 with 89 crimes against the person per 100000 population. The ACT, according to their report, had 893 in Q2 , 2022 which could roughly equate to 3600 for the year and with a population of 455000 again roughly equates to 800 crimes against the person per 100000. Singapore 89 v ACT 800. Six of the best may address that imbalance.

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