| 26.06,09. 03:28 PM |
Sanger assault 'an accident'
June 26, 2009 12:00am
TINA Sanger, the woman who brought down government minister Tony Stewart has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her husband claiming it was "self defence and an accident."
Ms Sanger wasn't present in Ryde Local Court today where she faces one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The 39-year-old was the former labor government staffer who claimed the former Small Business minister abused and restrained her at a charity dinner last october.
Stewart was then sacked by Premier Nathan Rees as a result of the incident.
In court documents police allege they attended the couple's home on Charles Street, Ryde on April 26 where her husband William Sanger was covered in blood after she allegedly struck him on the nose and left eye.
During a short mention today her lawyer Robert Mooy told the court: "It's an issue of self defence and accident.''
Mr Sanger also placed an Apprehended Violence Order on Ms Sanger who has moved out of their home. She is not to go closer than 100m from his home or work place and must not damage his property.
The attack on Mr Sanger allegedly occured after he returned home about 8.30pm spending the night and day out with friends.
He has sat down to watch some televison when she allegedly grabbed the remote control and said "why don't you go back to where you were last night.''
She is then accused of striking him in the face with her right hand .
He allegedly had blood on his shirt and has tried to call triple 0 before Ms Sanger allegedly "walked over to the victim and ripped the phone off the mounted wall,'' the documents stated.
She then allegedly yelled at him and said "you have played right into my hands...I hope you like your knee caps.''
Police arrived after Mr Sanger phoned them on his mobile phone.
The matter was ajourned to December 3 for hearing.