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Footage has emerged of former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger allegedly assaulting a woman by dragging her to the ground and stomping on her head.

The video, released by Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, comes after the actor escaped from custody moments before he was meant to face court on assault charges, sparking a manhunt.

The 30-year-old is alleged to have grabbed the woman from behind causing her to hit the ground before stomping on her head so hard the impact left Vans sneaker bruising imprints on her face and ears.

Earlier today, Pledger was escorted by police from jail to Royal Melbourne Hospital, near the city’s CBD, about 3.30am to undergo a mental health assessment.

But a court heard he still had not been seen by doctors by about 9.10am. He is alleged to have just got up and walked out, in breach of his bail conditions.

Orpheus Pledger: Footage emerges of Home and Away star allegedly dragging a woman to the ground and stomping on her head – as cops continue manhunt for the actor after he went on the run

Former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger is on the run from police after escaping from a hospital to receive a mental health assessment while facing assault charges

Pledger now remains at large with police launching a manhunt for him after a warrant for his arrest was issued. 

The alleged escape led Melbourne Magistrate Justin Foster to fume that he had ‘bent over backwards’ to approve the hospital visit in a hearing on Monday.

The former actor – who played Mason Morgan on the soap for 339 episodes from 2016 to 2019 – had been remanded in custody since his arrest on March 27.

The court heard Pledger had been arrested the day after he allegedly assaulted the same woman, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, for a ninth time since 2021.

Pledger had been expected to undergo the assessment in hospital and return to court on Tuesday to have his bail conditions reassessed.

But when his case was called by Magistrate Foster on Tuesday morning, he could not be found.

Pledger’s solicitor, Jasper MacCuspie, told the court his client had escaped the hospital after not being seen for almost six hours.

Magistrate Foster had granted the order on Monday to have Pledger assessed when urged by Mr MacCuspie.

His lawyers said the assessment could help ‘mitigate future risks to the community’ and have the accused receive the help ‘experts say he needs’.

But on Tuesday, Magistrate Foster told the court: ‘This makes me query if I will ever grant this order again.’

He said he was also outraged that a suspected mentally-ill patient had been left untreated and unattended for almost six hours. 

Pledger’s bail was revoked and a warrant for his arrest issued. 

The court heard on Monday that a triple-0 call by Pledger’s alleged assault victim warned police that he was in the midst of a mental health incident.

The alleged victim was heard saying ‘he’s coming’ before the line cut out, the court was told. 

She allegedly suffered a number of severe injuries from the March 25 incident, including haematomas to her forehead, cuts to her cheek and bruising to her neck, back of the hand and cheek. 

Pledger is accused of assaulting a woman on March 25 and had been remanded in custody since the following day. He remains at large

Pledger is accused of assaulting a woman on March 25 and had been remanded in custody since the following day. He remains at large 

She told police that she ‘believes he will eventually kill her’, the court was told, and supported police acting on the alleged assaults. 

Police prosecutor Olivia Sparrow had recommended that Pledger remain in custody as he was a ‘unacceptable risk’ to the community while homeless and allegedly suffering drug and mental health issues.

Ms Sparrow also opposed an in-patient mental health assessment order made during a bail hearing last week, as staff can’t physically prevent him from leaving.

Magistrate Foster had also aired his concerns over the order as it meant Pledger could leave without being apprehended.

‘Clinically he might get on his drugs and whatever treatment he needs and show improvement. Then he can be released into the community,’ he said.

‘The risk of something further happening and having dire consequences is striking.’

The case will return to court at a later date.



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