Former Channel Seven star Andrew O’Keefe has had two fresh domestic violence charges laid against him, with police alleging he assaulted his partner Orly Lavee three times in two weeks.
Mr O’Keefe, 49, the former host of Weekend Sunrise and The Chase Australia, was initially arrested in the early hours of January 31 and charged with common assault.
Andrew O’Keefe has had two fresh charges laid of assaulting his partner.Credit:Simon Schluter
Police said at the time they had been called to a Randwick apartment following reports a 41-year-old woman had been assaulted between 11pm and 11.30pm on January 30.
Mr O’Keefe was taken to Maroubra police station, where he was charged and granted bail.
He was admitted to hospital soon afterwards to receive mental health treatment, where he remained in February as an involuntary inpatient.
On Tuesday, Waverley Local Court was told two additional charges have since been laid against Mr O’Keefe, relating to another assault at Randwick on the same night as the first, and an earlier assault at Kangaroo Valley.
Police allege Mr O’Keefe assaulted his partner, occasioning actual bodily harm, during the second incident at Randwick between 11.56pm on January 30 and 12.16am on January 31.
He is also charged with common assault over the alleged Kangaroo Valley incident, which police say unfolded between 6.30am and 6.45am on January 20.
Mr O’Keefe did not appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday, which was expected to hear an application to have his original charge dealt with on mental health grounds.
Magistrate Ross Hudson adjourned the case, saying he had received a medical certificate indicating Mr O’Keefe was currently an inpatient at The Sydney Clinic.
Mr Hudson said the adjournment was to allow facts to be settled before the next mental health application.
The court previously heard there is a dispute as to the facts of the case, and if Mr O’Keefe’s mental health application is unsuccessful he will enter a plea of guilty to the original charge.
He has not yet entered a plea to the fresh charges.
The matter will return to court on June 25.
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