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article imageHusband of Belleville police chief pleads guilty to assault

By Stephanie Dearing     Oct 4, 2010 in Crime
It was a case that shocked the residents of this small city located near Ottawa and made waves across Canada after the Chief of Police admitted she had been the victim of a domestic assault earlier this summer.
Cory McMullan publicly admitted she had been the victim of a domestic assault in August reported the blog Quinte News. McMullan received a broken arm after her husband David McMullan, a retired police officer beat her in early August. Within a short while of Cory's admission, wild rumours began to circulate Belleville, reported the Globe & Mail.
Those rumours, claiming the Chief of Police was having an affair with Belleville Mayor, Neil Ellis, pushed McMullan and Ellis to go public with denials. But their public denial ensured the sordid allegations of an affair, which are said to be the reason why David McMullan beat his wife, went coast to coast in Canada, with the story carried by most media outlets.
When Cory McMullan announced she had been the victim of an assault, she said she would not step down from her job. She has been the Chief since being hired for the job last year, and is the first woman to hold the post.
After the Chief acknowledged she was the victim of a domestic assault, the head of a local women's shelter called Three Oaks Foundation, spoke to the Belleville Intelligencer. Applauding the bravery of the Chief to speak up about being a victim, Pam Havery said "I think it's important in our society to acknowledge that domestic violence can happen to any woman. Any of us can possibly be victims of violence and it does cross and impact all women regardless of their socioeconomic status, professional status, class and it's an issue that impacts all women."
The case was heard in court Monday. The Globe & Mail reported David McMullan read from a statement outside of court, admitting he was guilty of assaulting his wife, and apologizing for the incident. McMullan said he had been in the grips of a "jealous rage," thinking his wife was having an affair with the Mayor.
The Star reported an off-duty RCMP officer had witnessed the assaults on Cory McMullan, which first occured August 6th on the side of a road, then later the same day at the home of the McMullans. The off-duty officer followed the McMullans after witnessing the road-side assault, and had been in communication with 911 since the first assault, and was still on the line with 911 when he witnessed the second assault.
Court also heard that near the end of the second assault, in which Cory's arm was broken, David McMullan had brought their teen-aged daughter into the garage to see her injured mother, reported the Peterborough Examiner. The McMullans are from Peterborough.
The McMullans have been married for 20 years, and have two teen-agers. The couple is presently separated and David is participating in anger management counselling.
David McMullan, who claimed to be experiencing stress due to the move to Belleville as well as from coping with retirement, will be sentanced on November 26.
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