A successful Sydney real estate agent has admitted assaulting his girlfriend of three-and-a-half years.
Augusto Gerocarni, 29, who is listed as an agent for Ray White in Woollahra, in the city’s east, was arrested and charged in September last year.
The high-flying businessman allegedly assaulted his former partner Lindsey Bennett, 32, between November 2021 and July 2022.
He had pleaded not guilty to offences of common assault, destroying or damaging property, attempting to stalk/intimidate intend fear of harm and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
However, during an appearance at Waverley Local Court on Thursday, Gerocarni pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Augusto Gerocarni, 29, has admitted to assaulting his former partner Lindsey Bennett (pictured together)
Further charges of common assault and malicious damage will be considered upon sentencing next Wednesday at Sydney’s Downing Centre Court.
The remainder of Gerocarni’s charges were withdrawn and dismissed.
Augusto Gerocarni, 29, who is listed as an agent for Ray White in Woollahra, was arrested at his home in Bondi Junction last September
The assault took place at Gerocarni’s apartment in Bondi Junction on June 29, 2022.
Gerocarni had slapped Ms Bennett on the side of her face following an argument about her passport for an upcoming holiday, the court heard.
Ms Bennett had tried to slap Gerocarni before he hit her, according to a statement of facts tendered in court.
During a scuffle, Gerocarni had grabbed his former partner’s wrist, causing her to drop her phone which became damaged as it landed.
The real estate agent will remain on bail and will face court again next week.
An apprehended domestic violence order will also remain in place.
Gerocarni’s lawyer Paul McGirr said his client had acted in self-defence but used excessive force.
‘Whilst our client was acting in defence of himself we and our client accept that his response was excessive, hence the guilty plea,’ Mr McGirr said outside court.
Ms Bennett, who works as a model and nurse, had been in a relationship with Gerocarni for three-and-a-half years before ending it in June last year.
She had lived with him at his unit in Bondi Junction and in another apartment in the same suburb.
Gerocarni worked for an independent contractor to Ray White since 2016.
His Instagram account, which is now deleted, was once filled with photos of sales of million dollar homes around Sydney’s affluent east.
Gerocarni and Ms Bennett are pictured together