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Entertainment • Jan 02, 2019

Twitch criticized for allowing streamer charged with assaulting his wife back on platform

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Twitch streamer Luke 'MrDeadMoth' Munday, who has been charged with attacking his pregnant wife while playing Fortnite, was back streaming on the platform on December 30, prompting angry responses online.

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On December 9, 2018 MrDeadMoth was playing Fortnite on his channel when he and his wife began arguing. 

After the argument became heated, Munday stopped playing, moved away from the camera and his wife could be heard screaming on the stream.

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Following the incident, Munday, 26, was arrested and charged with common assault. He appeared in court on December 13, where the case was adjourned until January 10 to allow Mr Munday to receive adequate legal advice.

The court documents stated that the prosecution has a strong case because “there are numerous independent witnesses to the offence as a portion of the incident was livestreamed”.

Despite this, MrDeadMoth was back streaming Fortnite on Twitch on December 30. Users in his chat who referenced the December 9 incident were banned or timed out from chatting.

His return to the platform has received backlash online, as Twitter users called out Twitch for not permanently banning the streamer's channel.

Munday has been granted permission to miss his next court date, while police have reportedly applied for an apprehended violence order.

This is an Order made by an Australian court "against a person who makes you fear for your safety, to protect you from further violence, intimidation or harassment."

Police confirmed that there were two young girls, aged 20 months and three-years-old, in the home at the time of the December 9 incident, who can also be heard in the livestream clip.

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