Man arrested over disturbance


A 43-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences following a serious family violence incident overnight.

About 8pm last night (Tuesday 11 January 2023) police were called to a Tuggeranong residence following reports of a disturbance.

Upon arrival police were advised a man had allegedly assaulted his ex-partner, had entered the residence by breaking a window and had threatened to set the residence on fire.

The man was located at the rear of the property in a shed where he had allegedly set fire to a freezer after pouring petrol on it.

As police removed the man from the shed, he poured petrol on an officer while also trying to ignite the fuel with a lighter and violently resisted arrest. He was eventually placed in handcuffs after the deployment of OC spray.

The fire was extinguished with a garden hose by a family member.

The 43-year-old man was transported to hospital for assessment and subsequently charged with aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated assault, property damage, assault a frontline community service provider, acts endangering life, use of an inflammable device and resist a Territory Official.

He is scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, 11 December 2023), where bail will be opposed.

ACT Policing is  strongly committed to protecting the community against family violence. As first responders, we see the devastating effects this behaviour can have on victims, their children, extended family, friends and the whole community.

If you experience, see or hear family violence occurring call: 

  • Triple Zero (000) in an emergency or life threatening situation.
  • Police Operations on 131 444 if it is a non-emergency, but your require police assistance.
  • Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information.

Family violence is not just a police problem; it’s a whole of community problem. Early action by witnesses in reporting domestic violence will enable police to respond and prevent physical harm and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations.

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