A MAN has told Dubbo Local Court he smashed a car windscreen to stop a woman under the influence of crystal methamphetamine driving away with a small child.
Dale Lindsay Hourn, 38, of Dubbo, made the allegation when he faced Magistrate Andrew Eckhold on charges of damaging property and contravening the restrictions of an apprehended violence order.
Hourn appeared in court on Wednesday via audiovisual link from Wellington Correctional Centre.
Pleas of guilty were entered to amended facts.
"The woman is a heavy user of ice,'' the Legal Aid solicitor representing Hourn said.
"She purchased the drug earlier in the day and showed it to him. My client does not use ice. He was concerned about the safety of the child.
"The windscreen was shattered in an attempt to stop the woman using the vehicle. He had no intention of hurting her.''
The court heard the woman had "disappeared" with two children.
Magistrate Eckhold said fact finding was necessary before the matter could proceed to finality.
"The complainant is not here,'' he said.
"I need to know whether she was on ice and more about (allegations) of her drug taking and disappearance with the children.''
The magistrate called for a full pre-sentence report.
During an application for bail Legal Aid said Hourn would live with his mother and have no contact with the woman.
The bail application was adjourned.
When Hourn reappeared in court yesterday bail was granted with strict conditions and $400 surety.
Hourn was required to live at Cumnock and report to police on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
He will return to Dubbo court for sentence on March 13.