Pregnant woman trapped in barbed wire

A PREGNANT woman entangled in a barbed wire fence while fleeing her angry boyfriend who was menacing her with his car, was later stripped naked and threatened with being thrown from a bridge, Lismore District Court has been told.

James Brian Henderson, 52, pleaded guilty yesterday before Judge Roy Ellis to using his Holden Commodore as an offensive weapon with intent to assault the 22-year-old woman on December 22 last year, detaining the woman on December 23 with intent to obtain a psychological advantage and assaulting a police sergeant at Nimbin on December 23.

Henderson, from Coffee Camp, also pleaded guilty to assault, intimidate and resist police officers and driving with intent to menace.

In Crown facts Henderson was driving along the Nimbin Road at 8pm on December 22 when he and the woman argued. As she got out of the car Henderson asked if she could 'outrun a car?'

Terrified when Henderson began revving the engine she ran toward a barbed wire fence. As she tried to climb over it Henderson drove towards her, trapping her between the car and fence.

Henderson laughed at her screams and when he reversed his car away she remained stuck on the barbed wire until he pulled her off. He took her to Nimbin hospital where she was treated for scratches, abrasions and bruising before being transferred to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment of the deeper lacerations.

The next day the pair drove through Nimbin toward Lillian Rock when Henderson told her she was 'gunna die'. Scared, fearing for her life and crying, Henderson stopped near a timber bridge and forcibly removed her clothes, telling her 'this is your near death life experience'.

After striking her with a leather belt and buckle he put the belt around her neck to drag her to the middle of the bridge where he tried to push her off. He pulled her up by her hair and held her over the bridge side before saying he would show her where 'I'm going to bury you'.

She later fled into the Barkers Vale school grounds before he caught her. She later escaped in Nimbin.

Defence counsel Nicolas Harrison asked for a pre-sentence report on Henderson before his sentence in Parramatta District Court on December 9.

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