Woman hit with piece of timber: court

A Unanderra man repeatedly swung a piece of timber at his partner, striking her in the arm and stomach, during a violent scuffle last month, Wollongong Local Court heard yesterday.

Denis Hetet is accused of punching and shoving a male witness before he armed himself with a large piece of wood and swung it at his girlfriend, hitting her several times.

Police said Hetet's partner returned to her unit with two mates just before 6pm on December 5.

As the trio approached the apartment, Hetet allegedly came outside, grabbed one of the men and started arguing with him.

It is alleged the pair began wrestling and yelling at each other before Hetet repeatedly punched the man.

Hetet's partner then confronted the accused, arming herself with a vacuum cleaner handle, the court heard.

Police claim Hetet continued to punch and shove the man and the two ended up fighting inside a neighbour's garage, knocking the owner to the ground during the scuffle.

As they continued to fight, a bottle was broken, cutting the man's hand, the court was told.

Hetet then allegedly picked up a piece of timber and started walking towards his partner.

As the woman backed away, she tripped and Hetet stood over her as he swung the wood at her several times, hitting her in the arm and stomach, the court heard.

Police were called to the scene as Hetet allegedly threw down the timber and left.

Officers arrived but found the witnesses, including the alleged victim, unwilling to co-operate.

Hetet was arrested on New Year's Day and charged with affray, common assault and contravening an AVO.

Opposing the 27-year-old's bail application yesterday, prosecutor Sergeant Robert Casey argued the charges were serious and there was a need to protect the community.

Defence solicitor Angela Melouney claimed the case against Hetet was weak, noting the alleged victim and several witnesses had been unco-operative at the scene.

She told the court her client was willing to report to police and provide a surety.

Registrar Nicole Hoffmann refused bail and adjourned the matter to January 7.

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