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Fortnite gamer guilty after live streaming pregnant assault

A Sydney gamer who broadcast himself slapping his pregnant partner on her face when she asked him to stop playing Fornite and have dinner has pleaded guilty. 

Luke Munday, 26, appeared in Picton Local Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to common assault over the incident that was inadvertently captured on video and viewed by millions worldwide went it went viral last December.

Luke Munday leaving Picton Local Court this morning. Picture: Derrick Krusche
Luke Munday leaving Picton Local Court this morning. Picture: Derrick Krusche

According to a police fact sheet tendered to the court, Munday's partner Grace Campbell, 21, grew frustrated when he refused to stop playing Fortnite and have dinner before throwing "a number of objects at him and his computer" at their Oran Park home.

Police say Campbell then lunged at Munday's desk before he stood up, slapped her on the face and pinned her down on the ground.

Court documents state Munday later told investigators "she went to grab my stuff and I got angry".

 

"I stood up and slapped her on the check," he said.

"I grabbed her and I thought I put her on the couch, but it must have been the floor.

"I just held her down because I wanted her to stop."

The IT prodigy, who plays the wildly popular Fortnite game under the alias "MrDeadMoth", was using a website called Twitch to record himself and a picture of the screen he was playing on.

The incident was not captured on video but in the audio Campbell can be heard "yelling and screaming before a loud slapping sound is heard followed by louder crying."

 

Munday after his court appearance in December 2018 …
Munday after his court appearance in December 2018 …

 

… And today after pleading guilty. Picture: Derrick Krusche
… And today after pleading guilty. Picture: Derrick Krusche

The footage went viral and Munday was banned from the website and was suspended from his job as a Telstra engineer.

The court was also told new charges had been brought against Campbell over an unrelated incident last month.

In court, Magistrate Ian Cheetham agreed to adjourned the case so more documents could be prepared.

Munday will return to court on August 26 when he will be sentenced.

 

 

Munday was charged after the assault was live-streamed on the gaming broadcast site Twitch.
Munday was charged after the assault was live-streamed on the gaming broadcast site Twitch.


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