July 19, 2024

A former Home and Away star who violently attacked a woman before evading police for three days is facing more time behind bars.

Orpheus Pledger, 31, is due to be sentenced in Melbourne Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to repeatedly assaulting the woman.

Shortly after midnight on March 1, Pledger kicked and punched the victim in the face after she raised concerns about his drug use and declining mental health.

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He then attacked the same woman about 1.35am on March 25, dragging her by the hair and stomping on her face.

The victim had called Triple Zero when he arrived at the property and police reached the house at 1.50am to find her lying on the floor in pain.

She was taken to hospital with multiple bruises and cuts to her face and neck, with the marks matching the sole of Pledger’s shoe.

The 31-year-old was arrested but bailed on April 22 on the condition he undergo a court-ordered mental health assessment.

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He absconded from the hospital the next morning and a warrant was issued for his arrest, but he evaded police for three days before he was remanded in custody again.

Pledger, who appeared on Home and Away between 2016 and 2019, has already served 96 days of pre-sentence detention but prosecutors are pushing for more jail time.

Magistrate Justin Foster on Monday ordered Pledger undergo assessments for his mental health and a community corrections order ahead of sentencing.

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