A Victoria Police spokeswoman mentioned: “Police are investigating following a report a lady was assaulted at an deal with in Footscray West on Wednesday night time. Because the investigation stays ongoing, it will be inappropriate to remark additional at this stage.”
In her assertion to police, Ms Walters mentioned the principle harm from the alleged assault was to “the upper-right space of my brow and there’s a crimson bruise there now.”
Ms Walters mentioned in her assertion that she was “nervous about what John may do. He’s violent and controlling. He’s a well-connected particular person and he is aware of lots of people”.
“I’ve grave issues for my bodily security and that of my youngsters and the police are conscious of this,” her assertion mentioned.
Ms Walters alleged that Mr Setka had boasted about his connections. “He mentioned ‘don’t ever assume the police are going that will help you. They aren’t going that will help you and I’ve contacts in all places’,” the assertion mentioned.
“‘I’ve contacts exterior of the police and they’re going to assist me and can harm you’,” she alleged Mr Setka mentioned.
In 2019, Mr Setka was sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond over the conviction for harassment, ordered to finish a males’s behaviour change program, and pay $1000 to an Indigenous household violence group. A cost of recklessly inflicting harm was withdrawn after Ms Walters was not a co-operative witness.
Justice of the Peace Belinda Wallington mentioned throughout his sentencing that Mr Setka’s behaviour had been “nasty” and “misogynistic” – however in audio leaked from a union meeting, he referred to as it a “few dangerous textual content messages” between husband and spouse.
In a sworn assertion from late 2018, former Truthful Work commissioner Anne Gooley, a pal of Ms Walters, described witnessing the abuse at the moment.