Damien Hooper.
Damien Hooper. Nev Madsen

Damien Hooper to take case against him to higher court

BOXER Damien Duncan Hooper is to take charges against him straight up to the higher court.

Hooper, 26, is accused by police of holding a woman known to him against her will, pushing her from a moving car and assaulting and choking her during an alleged two-day incident in Toowoomba last November.

At his last court appearance in Toowoomba he told media he would be contesting the charges.

He was not required to be in Toowoomba Magistrates Court today when all charges were mentioned.

However, his solicitor Brad Skuse asked the court to set the matters down for a full hand-up committal hearing during which the charges would be formally transferred from the Magistrates Court jurisdiction to the District Court.

The boxer has not been required to enter any pleas to the charges which include deprivation of liberty, choking, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Magistrate Damian Carroll excused Hooper's attendance at court and remanded him on bail with strict conditions to appear for a full hand-up committal hearing in the same court next month.

Hooper is due to face Renold Quinlan of Kempsey for the WBO International title on April 7 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.