Hammer attack resultsin attempted murder charge

A MAN has beencharged with attempted murder after allegedly assaulting a woman with a hammerand blinding her in the left eye during a domestic dispute at Wallaga Lake onSaturday.
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Shane AnthonyPatten faced Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday via audio-visual link from theSouth Coast Correction Centre, charged with attempted murder and recklessgrievous bodily harm.

Mr Patten did notapply for bail, however it was formally refused by Magistrate David Degnan. Heis yet to enter a plea to the charges.

District Courtpublic prosecutor Brett Diggins sought a six-week adjournment to prepare thebrief of evidence.

The matter wasadjourned to Batemans Bay Local Court on November 25 where Mr Patten isexpected to again appear via audio-visual link.

Police allege heassaulted the 36-year-old woman with a hammer during a domestic dispute atabout 3am on Saturday morning.

Emergencyservices were called to a house on Umbarra Road, Wallaga Lake, where they foundan injured woman.

The woman wastaken to Bega Hospital and then transferred to Canberra Hospital for treatmentof facial fractures after allegedly being hit with a claw hammer.

Police from theFar South Coast Local Area Command investigated the matter and charged MrPatten over the alleged assault.

About 8.50am onSaturday, the 39-year-old man was dropped off at Narooma before attending thelocal police station.

He was arrestedby police and charged with attempted murder and recklessly inflicting grievousbodily harm.

Police have nowlocated the motorist, who dropped the man off in Narooma, and whom they hadbeen searching for.

A CanberraHospital spokeswoman on Monday said the woman was still in a “critical butstable” condition.

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