No bail after drunken man lashes out at girlfriend

A DRUNK Springdale Heights man smashed the face of his pregnant girlfriend into a wall heater, dragged her from a house and punched her in the face, causing a swollen bottom lip, a court heard yesterday.

Brian Leslie Bates is alleged to have attacked his girlfriend in the early hours of yesterday morning after he had assaulted two other people.

Bates, 19, has been in the de facto relationship for eight months and his partner is expecting their first child in about six weeks.

He appeared in Albury Local Court on charges of aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence, reckless wounding and assault.

Bates also faces an affray charge from an incident in October when a man is alleged to have been repeatedly punched and kicked after being knocked to the ground.

A photograph taken of the victim’s forehead showed a distinctive shoe impression which investigators ascertained was a pattern from the Nike brand.

The victim in the October incident suffered a fractured cheekbone, nose and ribs as well as a serious injury to his right eye which required further treatment.

Police told the court the same victim of the October assault heard yelling about 2.15am yesterday in Logan Road, a short distance from his home.

He got his dog, went to investigate and says he immediately recognised Bates, who was riding a small black motorcycle towards him.

The victim said he asked whether Bates remembered him and the reply was: “I got you before and I’ll get you again.”

Bates continued riding the motorcycle and was arrested by police in Resolution Street a short time later.

It is alleged the assaults on his de facto partner and the two others happened just before Bates was seen riding the bike.

Police told the court he was allowed inside a Logan Road house after banging at the door and began arguing with his de facto.

Another woman in the house asked him to leave because two children were there.

Bates picked up a glass and left, but began yelling from the lawn for his de facto to come outside.

A man who had been sleeping in a back room went outside and was allegedly hit by the glass thrown at him.

He required seven stitches for an injury he received.

Then, police said, Bates kicked open the front door and assaulted both his de facto and the other woman before leaving.

Solicitor James Sloan said Bates disputes many of the allegations made against him.

Bates claimed he was invited into the house and he denies involvement in the October assault.

Court registrar Wendy Howard refused bail saying the protection of the victims was her primary concern.

Bates will reappear in court next Monday.

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