A Howlong man who has long subjected his partner to violence has finally owed-up to his latest attack on the woman.
Mitchell Ryan Crowe spent weeks trying to evade police over the assault at the woman’s Lavington home.
Eventually, the 27-year-old was arrested as he tried to flee police through North Albury and Lavington on his bicycle at 4.20 in the morning.
While pedaling, Crowe threw away a knife – while going through a car wash – and a tomahawk.
Charges over these two incidents were due to be tested at a hearing in Albury Local Court in early August.
But Crowe failed to turn up and magistrate Rodney Brender issued arrest warrants. That resulted in him fronting court this week via a video link to Junee jail, changing his plea to guilty.
The first matter relating to the assault, committed in front of the victim’s young daughter, resulted in charges of a domestic violence-related assault, destroy or damage property and contravene an apprehended violence order.
The second matter connected to police pursuing him as he rode the bike led to charges of resist police, fail to appear on bail, two counts of custody of a knife in a public place, two of possess a prohibited drug, riding a bike without a front white light and riding a bike without wearing a helmet.
The assault happened on May 27 when Crowe turned-up at his ex-partner’s unit in Lavington that she shared with her daughter and another woman.
She began arguing with him from inside while Crowe damaged the door while trying to force it open. He went back downstairs and began throwing the girl’s belongings out of the ute.
The victim went outside to calm Crowe down, but he pushed her on to the ground by her shoulders. She curled up in to a ball and was pinned down by Crowe, who was yelling and swearing at the woman.
In the second incident on June 3, Crowe had 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and four capsules of “an illicit drug” weighing 0.3 grams on him when he was arrested.
He will be sentenced on October 10.
- Receive our daily newsletter straight to your inbox each morning from The Border Mail. Sign up here