Warwick pair faces assault charges

A WARWICK duo facing a number of serious assault charges were yesterday released from police custody, with strict bail conditions in place until their next court appearance.

John Ambrose Winsor and David James McMahon spent two nights behind bars following an incident at the John Dee factory on Monday evening.

Police will allege Winsor, 22, and McMahon, 24, assaulted two men with a broomstick and threatened them with a butcher's knife in the factory carpark.

The two alleged victims were treated at Warwick Hospital that evening.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard the incident resulted from a dispute between one of the alleged victims and Winsor, with the men being prior work colleagues and neighbours.

Defence lawyer Daniel Habermann is representing both defendants and said McMahon had little involvement and didn't know the alleged victims.

Yesterday's bail applications were initially opposed by Police Prosecutor Steve de Lissa, based on the serious nature of the charges.

Both men are charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed or in company and Winsor is facing additional charges of common assault and stealing.

Senior Constable de Lissa yesterday said police would claim one of the alleged victims produced a butcher's knife to avoid being assaulted by Winsor and McMahon.

Mr Habermann yesterday told the court neither of his clients attended the scene with a knife.

Magistrate Graham Lee ordered the men remain confined to their homes from 7pm and are prohibited from going out in public before 5.30am.

They are also subject to a condition that bans them from consuming any alcohol and allows police to submit random breath tests to ensure they are compliant.

Neither is permitted to have any contact with the alleged victims and both must report to police weekly. Winsor and McMahon are due to reappear in court on May 1.


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