Banned from returning home after death threat to wife

AN ALCOHOLIC concreter has vowed to change his job - as well as his behaviour - to escape its social drinking culture, Gympie Magistrates Court has been told.

Magistrate M. Baldwin banned the man from even visiting his home until he has had a chance to benefit further from his voluntary attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and the Men Choosing ChaNge domestic violence prevention course.

Mrs Baldwin told the man, who is not named as a precaution to protect his family, she was not yet prepared to let him return to the home, which he shared with his partner and seven children.

The court was told his partner had three times on the night of August 19, telephone her father in Adelaide and he could hear yelling and smashing plates.

The smashing plates claim was later denied by the man's solicitor, who told the court his client was a self-described alcoholic and was looking for a change of occupation because the socialising around his concreting generally involved alcohol.

The man, 33, had threatened to kill his partner at the family dinner table, in a row that began at 3pm that day.

He pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order and was given a two-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Mrs Baldwin ordered the man not return to the family home, pending a review of the case in December, because his wife and children needed to feel safe there.

Gympie Times

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