Man charged with abducting former girlfriend

Case transmitted to Grand Court

Sven Brett Connor, 33, was remanded in custody on Friday after appearing in Summary Court on charges of abduction, assault causing actual bodily harm and using an ICT network to annoy and harass. 

Crown counsel Greg Walcolm said the complainant in all matters was a woman with whom Connor had been in a relationship. The offenses allegedly occurred after she indicated she no longer wished to be involved with him. 

The most recent incident occurred on Dec. 24, when Connor reportedly took her from her home by means of physical and verbal force, drove her to another location and hit her several times. 

Mr. Walcolm said the other assault charge related to an incident in October, when Connor was said to have seen the woman talking to a friend outside a night club. 

Defense attorney James Stenning told Chief Magistrate Nova Hall that Connor denied all charges and was encouraging police to get CCTV footage from two locations because it would assist them with their investigations. 

Mr. Stenning and Mr. Walcolm agreed that abduction is a charge that can be dealt with only in the Grand Court; they also agreed that the other charges could be sent along because they were related and not in the “Summary Court only” category.  

The magistrate sent the charges to the higher court and directed that Connor appear there on Jan. 16. She denied Mr. Stenning’s application for bail. 

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