A BALLARAT man was on the run for more than six years after attempting to kill his former partner in a brutal 2006 assault, a court heard yesterday.
Dean Speedie, 34, fled from police arrest in July 2006. He handed himself into Ballarat authorities earlier this year over the attack, which happened on July 5, 2006.
Ballarat Magistrates Court heard Speedie left his partner laying in a pool of blood after repeatedly stomping on her head.
Speedie and the victim had previously been in a relationship for seven years and had two children together.
She was three months pregnant at the time of the attack.
Speedie pleaded guilty to one charge of recklessly causing serious injury before magistrate Angela Bolger quickly interrupted proceedings.
Ms Bolger questioned the validity of the charge and the court’s jurisdiction.
“In my view this charge isn’t sufficient to gather the range of offending in the summary,” Ms Bolger said.
“I’m not confident these are matters that should be heard in the Magistrates Court.”
Speedie is now likely to face charges in the County Court.
Detailing the offending, police prosecutor Senior Constable Aimee Heal said the pair’s relationship finished in 2004 before Speedie moved to Darwin.
She said Speedie returned to Ballarat in 2006 and the pair reunited.
Speedie, who was living with his parents at the time, picked up the victim one day and brought her home while his parents were away.
The victim cooked dinner for Speedie and two other men, and the next thing she remembered was waking up bruised and covered in blood.
Senior Constable Heal said Speedie told the woman he had assaulted her after the victim questioned him about a pool of blood beside the bed.
The court heard Speedie later told his brothers of the assault, saying he intended to kill the woman yet couldn’t go through with it.
Holding the woman in the shower, Speedie admitted to stomping on her head several times.
It is believed Speedie fled to Darwin after the attack and was at large for several years before handing himself in.
Speedie was bailed to appear on November 28 for a committal mention hearing.