Committed to face trial for home invasion, assault

BRIAN Leslie Bates has been committed to stand trial in the District Court at Albury over an alleged home invasion at a house where his pregnant de facto partner was living and a related assault on a man who received a deep cut to his face.

Bates, 20, of Glenelg Drive, Springdale Heights, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday through a video link from Junee jail.

Director of Public Prosecutions representative Andrew Hanshaw said a committal for trial was being sought on charges of aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence and reckless wounding.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the matter for a District Court call over on September 10 after committing Bates for trial.

A police brief of evidence was tendered to the court and outlined the alleged offences.

Bates was in custody about 3.30am on January 9 and an Albury detective was recalled to duty.

The officer spoke to him about an alleged home invasion and another man receiving a wound to his face.

It was claimed by Bates that he had an argument with his partner, but nothing else happened.

He said a man with a dog used a stick to hit him while the argument with his de facto was taking place.

Uniformed police earlier went to Logan Road at Glenroy and a witness said Bates was dragging his de facto partner down an alley.

Soon after police saw a heavily pregnant woman with blood on her chin.

She said Bates allegedly forced his way inside the house where she was and dragged her outside before punching her in the face.

An inspection by police revealed a door lock at the woman’s house had been broken.

Police found a man inside the house with a deep cut to his face.

But he was unable to recall how the injury was inflicted.

Police arrested Bates inside a nearby house after being given permission to enter by the person living at the residence.