Ice addict in custody after assaults charges

A WOOMARGAMA man who police say has an ice addiction was remanded in custody yesterday over two separate incidents of threats and assaults on his former de facto partner.

Jason Andrew Johnstone, 41, initially made an application for release on a series of charges, but subsequently withdrew his bail bid.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the charges until next Tuesday in Albury Local Court.

He was told in tendered police facts that Johnstone was in a relationship for three years which his de facto ended on January 26.

There was a history of physical and mental abuse, but she never reported it to police through fear.

Johnstone is a regular drug user making him violent and unpredictable which was the reason for her ending their relationship.

He attended the victim’s house in Lavington on February 25 and she could see he was affected by drugs.

He was sweating, panting and very agitated.

She tried to shut the door but he kept it open with his foot, forced his way inside and picked up a vacuum cleaner pole in his right hand.

She dropped to the ground after attempting to push Johnstone away and he told her: “I’m your hell”.

But he decided to leave and said to her: “You’re scum. You’re a slut. I’ll be back.”

Police could not find him and sought a warrant for his arrest.

Johnstone went back to the victim’s house in Parkland Crescent on Thursday afternoon about 3pm and she ran inside from the carport.

The victim locked the front door, but Johnstone smashed a hole in the door and another hole near the lock.

He threatened to kill the victim, burn her, tear her house down and smash her car into pieces.

He threw her to the ground and used his knees to pin her down.

The victim struggled and managed to stand up but Johnstone pushed her backwards and her head hit a wall.

Her daughter sprayed surface cleaner into the eyes of Johnstone and told him to get off her mother.

Children at the house escaped to seek refuge with neighbours and police managed a short time later to arrest Johnstone in Wagga Road.

He was not interviewed because he was too affected by ice.

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