Why the Port Elizabeth man is still in custody

Peter Porte, the man who shot his wife dead, has been in custody since his arrest for his alleged involvement in the fatal domestic violence incident in Port Elizabeth, New South Wales, police said on Wednesday.

Porte, 42, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts each of aggravated assault with a weapon and attempted murder.

His bail conditions include not possessing firearms, having no contact with his wife and avoiding contact with children.

The court was told Porte’s wife, a former police officer, died of a gunshot wound in their Port Elizabeth home in August 2016.

“The court is satisfied there are sufficient mitigating circumstances to warrant release of the accused and the conditions are that the accused does not have any contact with the alleged victim and that he avoids contact with them and any children,” Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Taylor said.

He added Porte had also been ordered to remain in custody in Port Macquarie jail until a bail hearing.

Mr Porte has been remanded in custody until the court can hear submissions.

Police said they believed Porte was involved in a domestic dispute involving the woman in her early 30s.

Portes ex-wife, who was pregnant with his child at the time, was found dead inside their Port Adelaide home in September 2016.

Topics:law-crime-and-justice,victim-blaming,victims-and of-domestic-violence,crime,port-augusta-4000,portuguese-union-new-zealandFirst posted January 07, 2021 12:03:13Contact Anna SmithMore stories from New South Welsh