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Footy legend Dustin Martin‘s father Shane was facing charges for violently attacking a women in her bedroom at the time of his death.
The former bikie boss was found dead in his kitchen in New Zealand last December, after being deported from Australia in 2016.
It has now emerged he was facing active criminal charges for assault, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Martin was deported under ‘character grounds’ due to his affiliation with a notorious gang in 2016.
Shortly before his death, Martin appeared in the Tauranga District Court in November and pleaded not guilty to charges of male assaults female, strangulation, burglary and illegal possession of steroids.
Footy legend Dustin Martin ‘s father Shane (pictured) was facing charges for violently attacking a women in her bedroom at the time of his death
Martin and the woman had been in an ‘intermittent relationship’ dating back to 2020, court documents obtained by the New Zealand Herald show.
The assault allegedly occurred early on Saturday morning in October last year.
The alleged victim was out socialising with friends, but she ignored several phone calls from Martin.
She returned home to find Martin in her bed after he snuck into the house.
The woman asked Martin to leave, so he called her a ‘slut’ and accused her of ‘whoring around’.
Police allege that Martin punched her in the face, threw her around the bedroom, grabbed her by the neck and squeezed, and bit her finger.
After Martin left, the woman called 111. The police officer who arrived at the scene noticed the woman had a swollen, bloodied lip and slight redness on her neck.
The New Zealand Herald reports Martin called the woman’s phone sever times – which left her ‘visibly shaking.’
She declined to make a formal complaint to the police, but police decided to prosecute Martin anyway ‘because of the transcript of the 111 call, and the injuries to the alleged victim,’ according to a police spokesperson.
When police charged Martin, they found empty vials of steroids at his address.
Court documents say he admitted using steroids to improve his muscle mass.
Martin told detectives that he left the address after a heated argument with the woman, but ‘he would never hurt her’.
Police declined to comment on the case due to privacy grounds.
“However, in general we can confirm where matters are prosecuted in line with the Solicitor-General’s guidelines, the victim is informed of case developments as the investigation progresses,” the spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald.
‘Some victims are pressured to withdraw by the suspect or other parties, however, police seek to obtain evidence early and put measures in place to ensure victims are supported through the prosecution process.
‘Victims are at the centre of what we do. Police encourage anyone who has concerns for themselves or someone they know, or is in a situation where they feel unsafe, to get in touch with police.’
The alleged victim did not ‘support the prosecution’, said her lawyer Hannah Stuart, but declined to comment further.
More to come.
Source: Daily Mail