A HAMILTON father charged with assaulting his 21-month-old son and heavily pregnant partner has been released back into the community.
Kyle Cobby, 22, was remanded in custody in Warrnambool Magistrates Court two weeks ago but made a successful bail application yesterday.
He has been charged with intentionally causing injury to his son and false imprisonment and intentionally causing injury to his 19-year-old partner, who is 37 weeks pregnant.
Magistrate Peter Mellas said although it was a relatively strong police case, there was now a family member Mr Cobby could live with at Cavendish and a $3000 surety was put in place.
Mr Cobby was bailed to reappear in court on March 25.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins vigorously opposed bail, saying that Mr Cobby was alleged to have seriously assaulted his partner and son in a shocking case of domestic violence.
He said Mr Cobby hog-tied the woman and, during a recorded interview with police, openly threatened to kill her.
Detective Sergeant Chris Asenjo, of the Warrnambool police child abuse investigation team, told court the incidents happened on January 27 and 28.
He said Mr Cobby punched his partner to the face and head a number of times and put a belt around her neck, which he pulled tight and choked her.
Detective Sergeant Asenjo said the next morning Mr Cobby tended to the toddler who was crying and his partner heard Mr Cobby slapping their son.
She told police that Mr Cobby then took their son to a bathroom and placed him in a cold shower before she again heard slapping sounds.
Detective Sergeant Asenjo said the toddler was then placed screaming in his cot and Mr Cobby put a blanket over the child.
Mr Cobby then went back to the main bedroom, got a tie and a belt and tied up the woman before he left the home.
The woman told police she took about half-an-hour to free herself, took the child to a neighbour’s home and sought medical treatment, which led to police involvement.
Detective Sergeant Asenjo said a paediatric assessment indicated that the child had up to 60 unexplained bruises and injuries which were not caused accidentally.
The toddler has since gone to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for assessment and there is an indication he suffers from a blood condition which could affect bruising.
Detective Sergeant Asenjo said there was a 40-minute recorded telephone conversation between Mr Cobby and his partner during which Mr Cobby was alleged to have made some admissions.
The police officer told the court that investigations into other claims made by Mr Cobby’s partner had not been completed.
Those claims involve Mr Cobby allegedly hitting his son with a wooden spoon and flogging his son and the woman with a belt.
Queensland courts also have a warrant out for the arrest of Mr Cobby, who has been charged with possession of dangerous drugs, implements and weapons.