Lawyer's domestic violence hearing ongoing

A LENGTHY hearing into alleged domestic violence by a prominent Launceston criminal lawyer will continue in Hobart in May.

Adrian John Hall, 38, faced a part-heard contested hearing in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday.

He has previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of common assault against his former partner, and not guilty to multiple alleged breaches of police and interim family violence orders.

Chief Magistrate Michael Hill expressed frustration yesterday at the time which Mr Hall's matter was taking, with the original allegations dating from Christmas Eve 2012.

When defence lawyer Greg Richardson asked Mr Hill if he had the transcript from the previous hearing, Mr Hill replied that for a relatively straightforward case he had numerous documents before him.

Mr Hill reserved his decision on the no-case submission made by the defence, about a number of the alleged breaches of family violence orders, to Hobart Magistrates Court on May 13.

Mr Hall is then expected to give evidence on that day in his defence, in relation to the allegations of domestic violence.

Earlier, police prosecutor Elizabeth Avery called four police officers and the complainant's mother to give evidence, and closed the prosecution's case.

Constable Matthew Smith gave evidence that he had been called to a house in Viewbank Road, Newnham, on Christmas Eve, 2012.

He said that he spoke to the complainant at the address, and she alleged that she had been assaulted by the accused, her partner at the time.

Constable Smith told the court that the woman informed him that the accused grabbed her by the throat and pulled her legs out from under her when she tried to use the toilet, so her elbows hit the ground.

He said that the woman pointed out a number of injuries she had, including marks or injuries on both of her elbows, a small cut on her right elbow and slight redness around her neck.

Constable Smith said the complainant was very shocked and looked like she had been crying.

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