A South Sudanese child soldier turned Australian of the Year finalist has taken out an apprehended violence order against his lawyer ex-fiance.
Lawyers for Deng Adut and Tamryn Lee Beveridge appeared in Waverley Local Court on Thursday, after Mr Adut sought police help following an alleged incident between the pair.
Neither Mr Adut or Ms Beveridge – who are both defense lawyers in Sydney – fronted up for the brief mention, and their case was adjourned until next Thursday.
Police took out the order to protect Mr Adut, with its standard conditions preventing Ms Beveridge from ‘assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating’ him.
The AVO comes only months after the couple welcomed their first child.
It is understood Ms Beveridge and Mr Adut ended their relationship in recent times.
Ms Beveridge told Daily Mail Australia she hoped the AVO would be withdrawn at the next court hearing, while Mr Adut did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr Adut’s inspirational journey from immigrant to qualified defence lawyer saw him named 2017 NSW Australian of the Year.
At the height of the civil conflict in South Sudan in the late-1980s, Mr Adut was taken from his mother and handed an AK-47.
Along with thousands of other young boys he became a child soldier, until he finally managed to flee his home country hidden under sacks of corn on the back of a truck in 1995.
After moving through camps across Africa he arrived in Australia in 1998, aged 14.
Unable to mumble a word of English he has previously spoken of watching children’s band The Wiggles to teach himself the new language.
He became an Australian citizen in 2001, at which time he’d been sleeping in his car and working part-time jobs to survive.
That same year Mr Adut accepted a scholarship at the Western Sydney University and began a TAFE course, going on to complete a degree in law.
Since becoming a qualified lawyer, Mr Adut has dedicated his life to doing much of his work pro bono for Sydney’s Sudanese community.
He is a poster boy for his former university while his bestselling biography ‘Songs of a War Boy’ was released in 2016.
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