THE defence has come out guns blazing with claims that the state will go to almost any lengths to keep Brent Cunningham behind bars.
"Everyone wants a bite of him," attorney Ryno Scholtz told the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court yesterday. Cunningham will now have to wait until tomorrow to hear whether or not he will be released on bail.
The state is opposing bail for the 21-year-old, who allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend Shireen Ballan, 36, so viciously on December 27 that she was admitted to hospital.
It is also alleged that the Port Elizabeth youngster assaulted two bystanders on the same night. He faces two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and a charge of common assault.
Cunningham has three previous convictions for contravening his bail conditions, assaulting his father and possession of dagga. He also has a two-year suspended sentence for the assault of his father.
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