• Mark Bouris’ son Dane found not guilty of domestic violence charge

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校 | Tags:

    Dane Bouris leaves Downing Centre Local Court after being found not guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Photo: Janie BarrettThe son of businessman Mark Bouris has been found not guilty of accusations he tried to choke his on-off girlfriend and pulled her hair out.

    Dane Bouris​, 33, who runs the Morgans Boutique Hotel at Darlinghurst, maintained he never attacked the woman but rather she kicked him in the head and chest after he tried to hug her.

    Alexandra Dankwa​, a 23-year-old model, was living with Mr Bouris at Watsons Bay in Sydney’s east at the time of the alleged attack in April. The pair continue to see one another, she told the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.

    The night before the alleged assault, Mr Bouris had gone to watch the football with his brothers and father, the founder of Wizard Home Loans and host of the television series Celebrity Apprentice.

    The accused had said he would be home that night but returned at 4pm the next day, intoxicated and “coming down”, according to Ms Dankwa. The pair fought.

    Ms Dankwa said later that evening she was collecting her belongings to leave when Mr Bouris pulled out three of her hair extensions, along with some of her natural hair.

    He allegedly placed her in a headlock and called her a “f—ing bitch”. Ms Dankwa said he later pinned her down on a bed and started choking her.

    “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even scream.”

    Ms Dankwa said the accused let go of her after she kicked him, but then complained of a headache, so she sarcastically offered him a paracetamol.

    Police photographs taken that night do not show bruises on Ms Dankwa’s neck. She did not return to the police station to show them the leg bruises she said emerged days later.

    Ms Dankwa admitted to sending Mr Bouris a text message two days after the alleged assault saying her police statement was “wrong in many areas”.

    She told the court she sent that message because she felt at the time as if she was doing the wrong thing by her partner.

    Giving evidence, Mr Bouris denied choking his girlfriend, holding her down or pulling her hair. He said had been kneeling, trying to give her a hug, when she lashed out.

    “I remember being kicked to the chest about twice and to the head once,” Mr Bouris said.

    Magistrate Michael Barko said there was no independent evidence pointing toward hair pulling or choking. He said both witnesses had appeared honest and genuine but he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that either attack occurred.

    Magistrate Barko dismissed the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

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