String of charges

POLICE have laid four extra charges against a 34-year-old Nowra man who they allege pinned a woman between a metal fence and his vehicle and continued to spin the wheels.

Steven Michael Ogden of Young Avenue, Nowra appeared before Magistrate Dr Gabriel Fleming in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday where police laid additional charges over an incident in East Nowra on November 19.

Appearing via video link Ogden was also charged with threaten injury to a person with the intention of committing an indictable offence, use an offensive instrument, a motor vehicle, with the intent to commit the indictable offence of assault, drive while suspended and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

At a previous court sitting Ogden had been charged with aggravated break and enter to commit an indictable offence, stalk and intimidate, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, furious driving causing bodily harm, burnout and affray.

In facts previously tendered to the court it is alleged between 9am and 9.30am on Tuesday, November 19 Ogden had dropped his children at school at Nowra East Public School, and while travelling west on Jervis Street drove his vehicle, a Suzuki Vitara 4x4, onto a grassed nature strip, narrowly missing a child who was approaching the pedestrian crossing accompanied by parents.

A verbal argument broke out between the accused and the child’s parents.

It is alleged Ogden then drove back onto the bitumen, causing the wheels to spin and the vehicle to lose control.

Police said he then went to an address in nearby Wallace Street, walked to the front door and kicked it in.

The 46-year-old female resident of the home had no previous knowledge of the accused. 

A verbal altercation ensued where the accused was asked to leave, at which time the woman’s 20-year-old son came from an adjoining bedroom and was allegedly punched in the face a number of times.

As the accused left the home he allegedly pushed and shoved the woman, verbally abusing her and threatening her.

Police allege Ogden then got into his vehicle and from a stationary position accelerated, spinning the wheels, losing traction, driving 15 metres directly into the woman without deviation.

The woman was pinned between the metal framed boundary fence and the accused’s vehicle, having been struck in the ribs, abdomen, hip and upper legs. 

The woman was pinned against the fence for between six and eight seconds, with her son and a witness running to her aid and trying to release her.

It is alleged that while the woman was still pinned to the vehicle the accused continued to accelerate, causing the wheels to continue to spin and the vehicle to press against the victim.

It was only when the woman’s son picked up a large garden rock and threatened to smash the windscreen that the accused released the woman.

He reversed the vehicle and drove away as the woman fell to the ground.

Ogden was arrested by Nowra Police at a Sanctuary Point property at 7.30pm that evening.

Ogden did not apply for bail, which was formally refused by Magistrate Fleming, with the matter to be back in Nowra Local Court on January 21.

In a separate matter Ogden was sentenced to four months jail by Magistrate Fleming on the charges of resist police, assault police and stalk or intimidate.

The charges follow an incident at the Department of Housing in Nowra on October 14 in which Ogden allegedly threatened staff.

In facts before the court it was stated police attended the accused’s property in Nowra, with Ogden calling through an open bedroom window for police to enter the premises.

He refused a number of requests by officers to leave the bedroom.

Officers noticed a compound bow and eight arrows hanging within reach of the accused.

One of the officers approached Ogden who allegedly swung at the officer, who evaded the attempted blow.

Officers then used their capsicum spray on two occasions to subdue the accused, which had no effect.

It was also alleged the accused used opposing force which forced another officer to stumble backwards.

The facts said it wasn’t until the accused was Tasered by officers that they were able to handcuff him.

Even as he was taken to the police vehicle the accused continued to struggle violently with officers.

Ogden pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to four months’ jail.

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