Estate agent ‘went on Viagra-fuelled Samurai sword attack’ before hiding in skip

An estate agent has been accused of necking four Viagra pills before attacking and kissing one woman then slashing another on the arm with a Samurai sword before taking refuge in a skip.

Karl Howard, 44, was arrested and charged by police in Sydney, Australia.

He was in hospital being treated for a shoulder injury when his case was heard in Newtown Local Court on Wednesday, February 10.

The estate agent is accused of punching a 27-year-old woman in the face, before kissing her “forcefully” while strangling her.

A female friend of the victim attempted to come to her aid but was slashed on the arm with a samurai sword, it is alleged.

It is alleged that by the time police were called Howard, 44, was hiding in a nearby skip.

Anthony Sissian, a lawyer for one of the women, asked that name of his client and the other woman should be withheld because they had experienced “extreme trauma”, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

He added that according to a police report Howard had stuck his tongue in the mouth of his victim while choking her before he “king hit” her on the head four times.

The police statement also alleged that Howard had taken four erectile dysfunction pills beforehand.

“The only reason a person would take four Viagra pills before strangling and forcing his tongue down someone’s throat is he must have had a sexual intent,” Mr Sissian told the court.

“By chance, the victim escaped, but I hate to think what would have happened if he didn’t slip over.”

Howard’s lawyer John Sutton told reporters that his client was in hospital “in a bad way” and had said “very little” so far.

“He’s got various physical injuries of his own, he’s undergone surgery, and we’re just awaiting outcomes to understand what the doctors say he can and can’t do,” he added.

He explained that his client had been under the influence of surgical apathetic when he had spoken to him and it “wasn’t the time to start asking detailed questions.”

Howard is understood to have been been stood down from his role at real estate company Ray White Balmain pending the resolution of the charges.

Asked if this client was concerned about potentially losing his job, Mr Sutton said, “I think he’s worried about a lot more than just (that)".

Howard has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding with intent to murder and trespassing after he allegedly attacked the women at Annandale in the early hours of February 8. He is expected to return to court in April.

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