A LOCAL man charged with assaulting his father and brother in a domestic violence incident, failed to appear in court and was detained after a second report of his explosive behaviour was made to police.
Described by a judge as “a bully, who rules the roost” the accused was found in the same house with the same alleged victims, one of whom rang police repeatedly in fear, begging them to hurry to the scene.
Alexander Pierce Cassells (28) from Spout Road is accused of assaulting his father and a younger brother, who is a child, during a drunken incident on 8 February. He denies the charges.
A police constable explained two separate sets of reports were received by police at around 1.15am on 20 April. Both described an ongoing domestic violence incident at the Fivemiletown residence.
On arrival officers discovered Cassells and it was ascertained he was the subject of the outstanding warrant.
She added police have serious concerns on Cassells being released under any terms as the case is of a domestic nature and there is a clear potential for witness or victim interference.
Judge Meehan said “When I hear the details, then look to the previous record, I see a bully. He stands accused of coming home heavily drunk, then attacking his father and younger brother. The defendant is a man who rules the roost.
“I have a concern he believes he has a free pass to disregard court proceedings. He figures he had it sorted. He thought it was over with the withdrawal statement. He is wrong.”
Refusing bail, Judge Meehan concluded, “This is a person who, going by his prolific record, doesn’t respect boundaries. He thinks he controls this process. His father had to repeatedly ring police urging them to hurry, and of course there are acute concerns for the boy.”
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