{MURDER EVIDENCE REVEALS ROCKY'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TROUBLES} {Stabbed Woman in 36 Domestic Attacks }; Court Hears Police Attend 35 Domestic Assaults Every Week

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{MURDER EVIDENCE REVEALS ROCKY'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TROUBLES} {Stabbed Woman in 36 Domestic Attacks }; Court Hears Police Attend 35 Domestic Assaults Every Week


Byline: Melinda Siegmeier melinda.siegmeier@capnews.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON police attend at least five domestic violence incidents every day.

The startling figures were revealed during a murder committal in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Domestic violence liaison officer Sergeant Josephine Griffin said the police had attended 1500 incidents in the past nine months.

That's about 35 a week.

The alleged murder of Rockhampton woman Sheila Ann Hicks was just one of these incidents.

She was allegedly stabbed by her ex-partner, Shannon Michael Neale, on November 24, last year.

Sergeant Griffin said Ms Hicks was involved in 36 domestic violence incidents with Neale and another former boyfriend, since 2005.

She said police were required to report all domestic violence incidents under the Domestic Violence Act and it was her job to analyse the shocking statistics.

The new figures come as Rockhampton was last week announced as a pilot for a newly launched domestic violence program.

To assist in the murder case, Sergeant Griffin was required to produce all material relating to Ms Hicks.

As defence solicitor Mr Cassidy examined the documents, he outlined Ms Hicks's detailed history of violence as well as Triple 0 calls.

In the documents police had commented that she was a "habitual liar" and known alcohol and drug abuser.

Police said she would often make serious allegations against Neale and not follow through with an official statement. …

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