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Dorothy’s fateful steps

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A man charged with chopping into his estranged wife with a small axe in Fountain Gate shopping centre had been introduced to her new partner the day before the attack, according to a police evidence brief. The 45-year-old man, who legally cannot be identified, pleaded guilty on 10 August to a charge of intentionally causing serious injury to his wife in circumstances of gross violence. Prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge against the man, who appeared via a prison video-link, at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court hearing. The wife’s police statement, tendered at court, said she and her new partner were approached by her estranged husband at a Fountain Gate vegetable market on 26 March. After she introduced the men, the accused allegedly asked her several times: “Are you happy?” “I’ll come to see you tomorrow. I need you to sign something.” The wife stated: “The way he talked to me, it’s not normal, it’s quite arrogant and I saw anger in his eyes. “I knew something was going to happen.” Her partner described in a police statement that after the meeting, she was shaking and couldn’t drive home. She unsuccessfully tried to swap her next-day shift, she stated. On 27 March, the accused arrived at her Fountain Gate workplace, took an axe out of a yellow bag and hacked her 24 times to her head, face, arms, chest and legs, she recalled. Finally, he punched her in the face. In a police statement, the wife’s workmate recalled trying to find security to help during the attack. She recalled the wife lying on the ground, saying: “I don’t want to die, I love my children” as the man stood in a corner. Continued page 3

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