A computer whiz accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend when she asked him to stop playing Fortnite says the alleged attack was ‘a one-off thing’ and insists ‘she’s fine’.
Luke Munday, 26, was charged on Sunday night after fans watching a live stream of him playing the popular video game called police when they allegedly heard him assault his partner at his home in Oran Park, western Sydney.
In the video, which been broadcast across the globe, Munday was seen walking off camera before a commotion was heard, at which point the woman screamed in agony.
‘You’re all judging the video, you don’t see what happens, you haven’t read the police report, you don’t actually know what happened off camera,’ Munday told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.
‘The court will decide what happens, they have the evidence, they have her statement and they have my statement, and they match. There’s no issue there… Everyone thinks I kicked the s**t out of her which clearly isn’t the case.’
Luke Munday, who is accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend after she asked him to stop playing Fortnite, says the alleged attack was ‘a one-off thing’ and insists ‘she’s fine’
Munday, 26, was charged on Sunday night after fans watching a live stream of him playing the popular video game called police when they allegedly heard him assault his partner
Munday added: ‘There is no family violence. It’s a one-off thing and she will corroborate that in court. She’s fine, she’s just sick of everyone constantly harassing her and the kids.’
While Munday claimed the incident was a ‘one-off’, it was earlier revealed police had intervened previously when the IT nerd – who would reportedly play Fortnite for up to eight hours in a single sitting – had allegedly been violent towards his partner.
In 2015 an apprehended violence order (AVO) was taken out against Munday by NSW Police on behalf of his girlfriend.
The AVO stood for close to a year before it was dismissed when the woman withdrew her complaint.
‘Everyone thinks I kicked the s**t out of her which clearly isn’t the case,’ Munday said after he was charged
On Sunday night as Munday’s game was broadcast live on the Twitch e-sports video stream, the woman could be heard asking him to stop playing the online game.
In response to her request, Munday, who had been the poster boy for tech giant Cisco said: ‘Can you not? I said I’ll be out soon’.
‘No computer, I’m sick of this s**t,’ she responded.
After she was allegedly attacked, Munday’s girlfriend could be heard yelling in the video: ‘Do they know you touched me and I’m pregnant.
‘I hope all of you people know that I’m pregnant and he just bashed me.’
Children could be heard crying in the background of the video as the pair continued to argue.
Eventually Munday allegedly snaped again, screaming: ‘F*** off you dog, you don’t pay the bills.’
Munday was taken to Narellan Police station and charged with assault at 11.30pm on Sunday, as the stream of his alleged assault was going viral on Twitter.
Police took out an interim apprehended violence order (AVO) for Munday’s girlfriend, who was described as shaken but not seriously injured. His gaming station is pictured above
The 26-year-old would reportedly play Fortnite for up to eight hours in a single sitting (stock)
He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Camden Local Court on Thursday.
Police also took out an interim apprehended violence order (AVO) for his girlfriend, who was described as shaken and distressed but not seriously injured.
Munday’s alleged attack on his girlfriend comes after he last year told of his desire to create financial security for his family after his father walked out on him as a toddler.
‘When my partner fell pregnant with our first child, a lot changes and your responsibilities go through the roof,’ he said.
‘I had that philosophy I wouldn’t let that happen to my own kids.’
The budding IT genius was the top ranking Australian at last years Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition, leading him to be offered a job with Telstra.
Police arrested Munday inside a home in Sydney’s west on Sunday night. He is due to appear in Camden Local Court on Thursday
On Sunday night, Munday’s game was broadcast live on the Twitch e-sports video stream (stock)
But in the wake of charges being laid the telecommunications giant confirmed they had suspended him while police carry out their investigation.
In a statement, Telstra General Media Manager Steve Carey condemned the alleged domestic violence attack.
‘This behaviour goes against what we stand for as an organisation and the work we have done to assist women impacted by domestic violence,’ Mr Carey said.
‘We have suspended Luke’s employment pending a full investigation and will co-operate with any police investigation.
‘Domestic violence has no place in our community. It is totally unacceptable and needs to be eradicated.’
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