New development in former real estate agent Karl Howard’s samurai sword case
A top-flight real estate agent accused of injuring with intent to kill a woman with a samurai sword in western Sydney has been released on bail but will be on strict conditions.
Karl Adon Howard, 44, is accused of assaulting two young women. including one he allegedly hit with a samurai sword.
The court had previously been told that the alleged incidents occurred after former Ray White manager Balmain stepped out in February, which allegedly included alcohol and drug use.
He has been behind bars since his arrest.
Dressed in jail greens, Mr Howard appeared via AVL from Parklea Jail when his case was heard in district court on Monday.
“Thank you Your Honor,” Mr. Howard said when told he would be released on bail.
The crown did not oppose bail.
District Court Judge Christopher O’Brien said Mr Howard’s bail conditions included having to live with his parents who are expected to move to Sydney from New Zealand.
He was also forbidden to drink or take drugs, he must not contact witnesses and can only leave the home in the company of his parents or his brother.
Mr. Howard faces several counts, including assault causing actual bodily harm to which he pleaded guilty.
He is fighting all other charges including injury with intent to kill, causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent and causing grievous bodily harm recklessly.
He has yet to plead a trespassing charge.
Mr. Howard is also the subject of provisional arrest orders for violence against the two women.
Police allege Mr Howard hit a 27-year-old woman in the head before hitting her friend, 29, with a samurai sword as she tried to intervene in the early hours of February 8.
The court had previously heard that Mr Howard allegedly took Viagra, valium and cocaine and spent the night drinking before the incident at his home in Ferris St in Annandale.
The women were rushed to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and treated for injuries.
The case will return to court on January 21 for arraignment.