Accused 'copped hiding'

Last updated 05:00 20/06/2012

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A High Court jury trial for a man accused of unlawfully detaining a woman and wrapping a cord around her neck continued in Invercargill yesterday.

The trial for Dennis Paul Davey, 34, started on Monday.

Davey faces six charges – assault using a bowl as a weapon, assault with intent to injure, unlawfully detaining a woman, injuring with intent to injure, and two of threatening to kill.

The Crown alleges that Davey threw a bowl at the woman, hitting her in the head, wrapped the cord around her neck, threatened to kill her and her friend, and unlawfully detained her.

Davey denies the charges.

In his police video interview, played for the jury yesterday, Davey said he had pushed the woman to get her off him and had also tried to prise her mouth off his arm after she had bitten him.

"I'm the one that copped the ... hiding, not her," he said.

The trial, before a jury and Justice Lester Chisholm, continues today.

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- The Southland Times

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