A TERANG man who claims his epileptic wife injured herself has indicated he will fight assault charges in court.
Darryl James Norris, 34, previously of Emeny Street, has indicated he will plead not guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury and assault during a contest mention hearing this week.
Police alleged that on April 15, Mr Norris and his wife were at home about 11am. His wife was bending down when she felt pain to her face.
She did not see what caused the blow but knew that she was at home alone with her husband. There had been an argument and Mr Norris was in a rush to get to work after being called in at late notice.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nathan Brown said a medical report would indicate the woman had been assaulted.
The woman suffered a nose bleed and a three-centimetre laceration. The couple are now separated.
Defence counsel Peter Lumsden said his client denied he assaulted his wife.
He said there would be medical evidence tendered to the court that the woman suffered from epilepsy and had a history of injuring herself.
Mr Lumsden said his client had not been identified as the person who assaulted his wife.
Magistrate Ron Saines said Mr Norris faced significant risks in defending the charges. A contested hearing has been set down for November 8.