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Client found ‘not guilty’ of four assault charges

In December 2022, our client was arrested by the NSW Police and charged with four counts of common assault (domestic violence related), which is an offence against section 61 of the Crimes Act 1900.

The allegations were made against our client by his ex-partner and were alleged to have occurred on different occasions throughout their relationship.

Our client denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In October 2023, our criminal lawyers represented our client at his hearing. After cross examining the alleged victim and accusing her of making up the allegations in order to use them in Family Court proceedings, the magistrate found our client not guilty of all of the charges. This means that all of the charges were dismissed. In addition, the Magistrate dismissed the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order application.

We then applied for the police to pay our client’s legal costs. At the hearing of the costs application, we argued that it was not reasonable for the police to have ever charged our client.

In February 2024, the Court handed down its decision in relation to our client’s costs application. The Magistrate allowed the application and ordered that the police pay all of our client’s legal costs.