Lawyer contests assault charge

UPDATE: Chief Magistrate Hill has 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 relation to the allegations of domestic violence.

EARLIER: A LAUNCESTON lawyer is contesting allegations of common assault against his former partner.

Adrian John Hall also faced the Launceston Magistrates Court today to contest multiple alleged breaches of police and interim family violence orders.

Constable Matthew Smith gave evidence for the prosecution that he attended a Newnham house 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 told him that the accused grabbed her by the throat and pulled her legs out from under her when she tried to use the toilet.

The hearing, before Chief Magistrate Michael Hill, continues.