Crossbow wielding Farway man denies assault

PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 17:03 21 January 2020

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant


A crossbow-wielding Farway man was tasered by police after they were called to an East Devon farmhouse to investigate an allegation that he had attacked his partner.

Mark Davey was filmed by the police on body-worn cameras as he returned to the house holding up a loaded crossbow which he aimed into the living room.

The two officers pulled out their tasers and 'red-dotted' him while ordering him to drop the weapon. They tasered him moments later when he shouted defiance and did not comply.

Davey, aged 44, of Farway, near Honiton, denies assaulting his partner and causing her actual bodily harm on the night of October 4, last year.

She says he caused a gash on her forehead with a single punch which knocked her backwards on to the Aga in the farmhouse kitchen.

He says she suffered the injury when they were wrestling over a kettle which he feared she planned to use to throw boiling water over him.

Mr Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a volatile relationship for some years and had a three-year-old daughter who was living with them at the farmhouse.

They had been drinking at a nearby pub on the night of the incident and an argument broke out when they returned home.

Mr Bremridge said: "Police were called to the farmhouse and found her in the hallway with blood on her face and clothing from a cut on her forehead. She said she had just been assaulted by her ex-partner Davey.

"He had walked out shortly before the police arrived, taking her phone and locking her in, but the police were able to get in through an unlocked patio door.

"There was a trail of blood from the kitchen to the hallway. As well as being injured, she was scared and upset. She told the police that Davey must be nearby and would be watching what was going on.

"He must have been watching the house because a few minutes later he returned armed with a crossbow. It was loaded and ready to fire with potentially lethal consequences if it had been.

"One of the police was wearing a bodycam so the jury can see for themselves what happened next."

The video was played and showed the police using the radio signal Code Zero to signify they were under threat and to call for support. They could be heard telling him 'drop it now'.

Davey carried on holding up the crossbow and shouted at them.

The officers repeated their order to drop the bow and warned him he had been red-dotted in the sights of the taser but he did not respond and was tasered.

He did not put the weapon down and was warned he would be tasered again.

Mr Bremridge said the argument which led up to the assault involved her throwing a glass of water at Davey and he responded by hurling a jug of water over her and the bed where she was trying to sleep.

She then got up and went downstairs to make a cup of tea but she said he followed her, grabbed the kettle, dropped it, then hit her with a single punch which cut her forehead and sent her sprawling into the Aga.

He told police her injury was accidental and happened when he was trying to get the kettle off her.

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