Key Words: Assault occasioning actual bodily harm – section 59 Crimes Act 1900 – breach AVO – section 14 Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 – security officer – pleas of not guilty – charges dismissed – section 10 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act
FH was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravening an Apprehended Violence Order. It was extremely important that FH be found not guilty, because not only did he assert his innocence, he was a security officer and a conviction, or even a finding of guilt would have jeopardised his livelihood.
FH pleaded not guilty and his matter was listed for hearing before the Downing Centre Local Court. The matter proceeded to hearing and the court could not be satisfied that FH was guilty of the two offences beyond reasonable doubt. The charges against FH were dismissed.