Man to plead guilty to 13 charges

A PORT Fairy man alleged to have terrorised his partner and assaulted police while in custody will be sentenced next week.

Billy-Jo Heard, 35, previously of Elizabeth Street, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court again yesterday for a contest mention hearing.

He has been charged with 15 offences, including causing criminal damage, recklessly placing a person in danger of serious injury, unlawful assault, assaulting, resisting and threatening a police officer, possessing cannabis, trespass and committing an indictable offence while on bail. 

Mr Heard also has a two-month suspended jail sentence hanging over his head. The police yesterday offered to withdraw two of the charges and Mr Heard indicated he would plead guilty to the remaining 13 offences. 

Mr Heard has a medical appointment on Thursday and will return to court on Tuesday next week for a plea hearing and sentencing. Police will also apply for the breach of the previous suspended jail sentence to be heard at the same time.

Prosecutors say that on June 7 Mr Heard argued with his partner at their Port Fairy home before storming out and throwing a concrete ornament through the front window. On August 9 the couple had another argument, when Mr Heard allegedly smashed a bedroom window and used a child’s scooter to break the windscreen of his partner’s car.

An intervention order was taken out to protect the woman, but police were called back at 1.50am by a neighbour when Mr Heard tried to get into his partner’s home.

At 12.42pm police received another call about another bedroom window being smashed.

When police arrested Mr Heard they found he was carrying cannabis. He was handcuffed and placed in a divisional van but slipped one of the handcuffs and damaged the divisional van and the locking mechanism of the handcuffs.

The handcuffs had to be cut off with boltcutters.

Police allege that while in custody Mr Heard kicked out at a police woman, attempted to bite another officer and smeared blood on a police member while threatening to get a gun and shoot two of the officers.

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