A FORMER Ballarat police officer is contesting charges that he assaulted his former partner by kicking her “between the legs”.
Byron Andrew Exner, 47, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court this morning, where he was supported by two of his children.
Exner has pleaded not guilty to charges of recklessly causing injury and assault.
Exner’s former partner Derryl Perks is the only witness to give evidence so far, telling the court about “many incidents” in which Exner was violent towards her.
Regarding an alleged altercation on April 4, 2010, Ms Perks claimed that after she had woken Exner following a night out, the former police officer, got out of bed and pushed her in the chest.
“He pushed me so hard I fell, and when I fell Mr Exner kicked me between the legs really really hard,” she said.
“I screamed out in pain, I couldn’t breathe.”
Ms Perks said she had two “snakebite” pints at the Irish pub earlier in the night, and that she then confronted Exner over emails he allegedly sent to another woman.
For Exner, Carolene Gwynn accused Ms Perks of lying to the court after Ms Perks gave evidence different to statements she had previously made.
“That’s just a mix up of words,” Ms Perks said on one occasion. “It wasn’t meant literally,” she said on another.
Ms Perks said she and Exner had formed a relationship in 2006 and agreed it was a “fairly volatile” one.
The hearing before magistrate Michelle Hodgson continues.
Former Ballarat police officer Byron Exner is contesting allegations he assaulted his ex-partner.
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