June 1, 2016

Police v MRT

Key Words: Domestic-related incidents – attempt to stalk or intimidate, Section 13 Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 – common assault, Section 61 Crimes Act 1900 – intentionally/recklessly damage property, Section 195 Crimes Act 1900 – found not guilty

Facts:

MRT lived with the complainant at a youth hostel. The two were about to go shopping together when they began to verbally argue. In the course of the argument the complainant locked herself in her room, while MRT banged on the door. There were also allegations that MRT shoved the complainant, and damaged her door.

Outcome:

During the contested hearing, doubt was cast on the testimony of the complainant. There was very little witness or photographic evidence of the allegations, so the weakened testimony resulted in MRT being found not guilty of all three charges.