The accused is a refugee. He has commenced employment as a butcher. The accused has no dependants and is not married. The accused pays $300 a week for rent.
The Police now use ‘DVEC’ , a domestic violence evidence in chief video technology to record and use recorded evidence at court when they prosecute persons charged with domestic violence matter. The attached document is from the NSW Police and described the way Police use the technology now.
Here is a example of how DVEC was used in a domestic violence situation
Domestic violence can mean between anyone that you reside with, including room mates.
The accused and the victim are room-mates and have done so for the last four to five years.
About 12:40PM on Sunday, the victim and accused were riding in a motor vehicle being operated by the accused when the victim requested the accused to stop swearing and insulting his family. This angered the accused and the accused stopped the motor vehicle in traffic and has used a closed fist to punch the victim a number of times to the right side of the victim’s face. During the assault, the victim’s earring became dislodged from his left ear causing the ear lobe to bleed. The accused exited the motor vehicle and approached the passenger door in an attempt to open the door; however, the victim locked the doors. The accused used his arms to hit the passenger door glass window. The victim could hear other motorists using their car horns and the victim felt guilty for obstructing traffic and he unlocked the doors. The accused walked to the drivers side and the victim exited and rand west to their home address with the accused following.
The accused removed a cricket bat from his car and swung it a number of times in the direction of the victim at the front door to their premises. The victim entered the premises and closed the front door, blocking the accused from entering. The accused picked up a house brick form the front fence and threw it against the closed security door, causing the metal screen to come away from the door. The accused entered the rear door and picked up a knife from the kitchen. The victim saw this and closed the door between the front room and the back of the house. The victim exited the house and contacted police.
A short while later, police arrived and separated the victim and the accused. Police cautioned and arrested the accused and obtained a DVEC statement from the victim. The accused was conveyed to the Police Station where he was introduced to the custody manager and read Part 9 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (LEPRA) with the use of a Pashto speaking telephone interpreter. The accused participated in an electronic record of interview – suspect (ERISP) and denied the allegation of assault, throwing a brick at the front of the house and obtaining a knife to intimidate the victim; the accused stated he was using a knife in the kitchen as he was preparing food only. A interpreter was used during the interview.
The victim attended the Police Station about 3:00PM this date to retract all allegations and stated that he has no fears against the accused.
Police complied with all LEPRA safeguards. The accused has been charged with the matter now before the Court.