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The estranged wife of Warren Anderson was given special treatment by police who ferried her to and from court and provided her with a private room during proceedings, it was suggested in the Fremantle Magistrate's Court this morning.

Mr Anderson's trial on two charges of common assault was adjourned until April for the prosecution to obtain medical evidence and the defence to call an expert witness.

Mr Anderson, 68, is alleged to have assaulted his estranged wife, Cheryl Anderson, and their long-time family friend Pamela Bell during a heated altercation at the former couple's Peppermint Grove mansion on June 5 last year.

Yesterday, Mrs Anderson accused Mr Anderson of throwing her across a family room, submitting photos of dark bruising on her upper arm which she claimed had been caused when she was grabbed and then fell to the floor.

Mr Anderson is alleged to have pushed Mrs Bell during the same incident.

The defence has suggested that Mrs Anderson concocted the story because of acrimonious family court proceedings following the breakdown of the couple's 42-year marriage.

This morning, police sergeant Glenn Allen told the court that he could recall observing bruising on Mrs Anderson's arm though it was not included in his notes or her statement.

Defence Counsel Laurie Levy questioned Sergeant Allen over the "rather unusual" treatment given to Mrs Anderson during the trial. Sergeant Allen said he had offered similar support to other assault victims during his career.

Sergeant Allen told the court that Mr Anderson had declined to be formally interviewed on the evening after the alleged incident, but had told him that Mrs Anderson had tripped on a rug and he did not regard that as an assault.

Mr Levy told the court that Mr Anderson would rely on several defences, including provocation and his right to ensure items were not removed from the home in breach of a family court order.

A doctor seen by Mrs Anderson after the incident and expert defence witness Professor Clay Gollege will be called to give evidence when the trial resumes on April 27.

When leaving the court this afternoon Mr Anderson quipped that he wondered why he had not received similar treatment from police and said he had never assaulted Mrs Anderson in their 42 years of marriage.

The West Australian

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