By Sally Rawsthorne
August 10, 2020 — 5.38pm
Actor Dan Wyllie, star of TV drama Love My Way, will face court this week accused of a domestic violence assault on his wife at the pair’s Woollahra home.
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Love My Way actor charged with assaulting director wife
An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability, or both. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and tort law.
Traditionally, common law legal systems had separate definitions for assault and battery. When this distinction is observed, battery refers to the actual bodily contact, whereas assault refers to a credible threat or attempt to cause battery. Some jurisdictions combined the two offences into assault and battery, which then became widely referred to as “assault”. The result is that in many of these jurisdictions, assault has taken on a definition that is more in line with the traditional definition of battery. The legal systems of civil law and Scots law have never distinguished assault from battery.
Legal systems generally acknowledge that assaults can vary greatly in severity. In the United States, an assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In England and Wales and Australia, it can be charged as either common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) or grievous bodily harm (GBH). Canada also has a three-tier system: assault, assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault. Separate charges typically exist for sexual assaults, affray and assaulting a police officer. Assault may overlap with an attempted crime; for example an assault may be charged as an attempted murder if it was done with intent to kill.
Mr Wyllie, 50, who has won a Silver Logie and appeared in series including Underbelly, Rake and Offspring, was arrested at Waverley police station on Saturday, “following an investigation by officers from the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command into an alleged domestic violence assault”, police said in a statement.
“He was charged with assault occasion actual bodily harm (DV) and common assault (DV),” police said.
Police have also been granted an apprehended violence order for the protection of Mr Wyllie’s wife Shannon Murphy.
“She’s my best friend,” Mr Wyllie said of his then-girlfriend in a 2012 interview.
Ms Murphy is also an actor and made her directorial debut with the film Babyteeth, which was nominated for best film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
She has since directed a number of episodes of the award-winning drama Killing Eve.
The pair married in 2014, and share a daughter.
Mr Wylie will appear in the Downing Centre Local Courton Wednesday.
❏ Support is available by phoning the National Sexual Assault, Family Domestic Violence Counselling Line 1800 737 732; Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491; Lifeline 13 11 14.
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Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.