A Warrnambool man alleged to have choked his partner once a week has beeng remanded in custody.
Andrew Mark Hague, 28, of Caroville Drive, unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday after being arrested on Sunday.
He has been charged with repeatedly breaching intervention orders, unlawful assault, assault by kicking, recklessly causing injury, assault with a weapon, reckless conduct endangering life, causing criminal damage and making a threat to kill.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt remanded Mr Hague in custody until September 10.
Police told the court that Mr Hague and the woman have been in a relationship for five years, living at Caroville Drive with their two young children.
The woman alleges numerous incidents of domestic violence which had not been reported to police. She claims to have been choked weekly, between 40 and 50 times, until she was about to pass out and that she lived in constant fear.
A 12-month intervention order was put in place on January 4 this year.
Mr Hague’s solicitor said his instructions were that bruising suffered by the woman was caused by pole dancing classes. Police alleged that last Wednesday Mr Hague choked the woman, kicked her leg and threw her against a wall during an argument at their home.
Police said that on Saturday the couple again argued and Mr Hague once more choked the woman.
She then left the home but received a text message from Mr Hague saying he had smashed up the house.
Police claim the woman was subsequently punched on the arm and leg while driving the accused home from Gateway Plaza. While the woman was driving along Moore Street, Mr Hague is alleged to have grabbed the steering wheel and forced the vehicle to veer towards oncoming traffic.
The court heard of numerous other alleged offences by Mr Hague, including threats via Facebook and telephone against the woman and her father.
Mr Hague’s solicitor Xavier Farrelly said the allegations of physical violence were denied and any bruising suffered was the result of pole dancing.
Mr Klestadt said the woman’s sworn statement included allegations of repeated and escalating acts of violence which if proven would breach the intervention order.
He said the woman’s statement rang true and led him to believe Mr Hague was an unacceptable risk to her.