The woman told magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist she was there to defend the accused.
The woman told magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist she was there to defend the accused. Pexels

'Are you serious?': Woman defends her alleged abuser

A WOMAN has been kicked out a courtroom after stepping in to defend the man accused of strangling her.

Her partner was facing Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with a domestic violence strangulation offence and breaching a domestic violence order.

Sitting next to the police prosecutor at the bar table, the woman told magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist she was there to defend the accused.

He loudly replied with "are you serious?" before ejecting her from the room, in front of a full gallery of onlookers.

Mr Stjernqvist then turned on the man and told him, "you're lucky you're not going straight into a cell", as the couple had breached their protection order by being in court together.

"It doesn't matter what she does or says," he warned.

"If you leave here and she's anywhere near you, you walk the other way."

The man - who has not yet entered a plea - is not permitted to have contact with the woman or be within 1km of her address, the court heard.

The matters have been adjourned to November 28.


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