No bail for man accused of serious assault

A MAN who allegedly bashed a woman with a wooden hat rack and set his bull mastiff dog onto police to avoid arrest will spend at least the next six weeks behind bars.

Jimmy Anthony Smith, 25, was refused bail at a hearing in Orange Local Court on Friday.

He allegedly punched the woman in the head and kicked her in the face in an assault described by the magistrate Terry Lucas as one of the worst cases he had seen. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Andy Bobin argued that the protection of the victim and the community could not be guaranteed if Smith were a free man. 

“This is a very serious assault ... he kicked her in the face while she was on the ground,” he said. 

“This is a high level ABH [actual bodily harm] with no presumption in favour of bail.”

Smith’s solicitor Bob Lulham said his client could live in Bourke until his next court date, but Mr Lucas said because Smith had breached bail conditions on multiple occasions he could not release him. 

Police facts said officers went to Smith’s Davidson Place home on Thurseday to arrest him for the assault on the woman.

At first, Smith appeared to be compliant and asked if he could put on his shoes, however, he took off through the kitchen, ran into the backyard and attempted to jump a fence. 

A police officer ran after him, but as he was escaping Smith called to his dog, saying “get him, get him”.

The dog bit the officer on the leg and punctured the skin. 

With one officer down, a second officer ran after Smith and caught him as he tried to jump a second fence. 

He was charged with assault, breaching an apprehended violence order, escaping police custody and urging the dog to attack the officer. 

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