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Australian gamer in court after allegedly live streaming domestic assault

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Court documents show the NSW Fortnite player who allegedly live-streamed himself assaulting his partner has shown remorse.

A NSW gamer who allegedly live-streamed an attack on his pregnant partner will not avoid the media spotlight at his next court appearance. 

Luke James Munday, 26, appeared in Camden Local Court on Thursday accused of assaulting his partner in their Oran Park home on Sunday night.

The alleged incident made global headlines after he inadvertently broadcast it via live-streaming platform Twitch and fellow gamers contacted police.

Footage of the alleged assault wasn't captured in the stream but Munday's partner could be heard crying and saying she'd been hit in the face.

He was arrested within three hours and released on bail in the early hours of Monday on conditions including that he not approach the family home.

Court documents say he made admissions to police after his arrest and showed remorse towards the victim.

"He (stated) he was aware that his actions were inappropriate and that he should not have done what he did," it says.

The papers also note "there are numerous independent witnesses" to the incident because some of it was live-streamed.

The full-time IT network engineer's lawyer told the court his client needed time to seek "adequate legal advice" and argued that Munday should be excused from the next court date if legally represented.

"There is a lot of attention on this case, the alleged victim and my client," lawyer Steven Mercael told the court.

Police prosecutors didn't object to that application but did protest when Mr Mercael applied to change a condition of an apprehended violence order.

The court was told Munday's partner and alleged victim had written a letter in support of Mr Mercael's application.

But the magistrate said he wouldn't deal with it until January 10.

Telstra confirmed on Thursday it has suspended Munday's employment "pending a full investigation and will co-operate with any police investigation".

Munday is not required to enter a plea to the charge until the next time it comes before Camden Local Court on January 10.

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line – 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

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