Photo of man being abusive
Photo of man being abusive

COURT: Charleville DV abuser had outburst over ‘cold dinner’

A Charleville man still hasn’t learnt his lesson that he can’t keep committing domestic violence offences, and has gone before the court multiple times for incidents against the same victim.

The 24-year-old father-of-two, who cannot be named for legal reasons, threw a tantrum where he smashed a ceramic teddy bear moneybox after receiving cold dinner on December 13, 2020, the Charleville Magistrates Court heard on March 9.

The victim was watching a movie with another person when the offender started arguing over the cold dinner, but he was asked to leave the house afterwards,” police prosecutor Sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the court.

He didn’t go until the cops arrived, then he slipped through the back door.

“She appeared to have been crying,” when police showed up, Sergeant Boodnikoff told the court.

The offender then breached the only condition on his bail on January 27 - not to go to the named address.

Sergeant Boodnikoff said police spotted him in the window at 3am while attending to another matter.

“At the time, he felt his bail address was no longer suitable,” Sergeant Boodnikoff told the court.

Solicitor Paul Metcalf said the big issue with this incident was not the seriousness of the offending, but the repeated history of it.

“He instructs that he was kicked out of his original bail address,” Mr Metcalf said.

Magistrate Peter Saggers gave the offender a stern warning about the problems that domestic violence causes to those affected.

“It would have been no doubt, frightening for your partner,” Magistrate Saggers said.

The offender confirmed his kids were home at the time.

“If you want to be a proper partner... and you’re going to be a father to these two children, exposing them to that behaviour, the cycle will never stop,” Magistrate Saggers said.

“You’re the only one who can stop what you’re doing.

“There’s just far too much of it, you watch it on television, you see it in the papers, you hear about it all the time.

“Domestic violence, it’s just rife throughout every community, not just this community.

“It's a terrible thing, it creates fear in people, it creates fear in children, it affects their lives”

Because of the circumstances of this offending, the sentence was given as a deterrent for the offender and others thinking of committing similar crimes.

The court also heard he’s had ‘limited success’ with community-based orders like probation and community service.

He’s also served a month of actual jail time before.

The offender pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order and breaching bail, and was given a three month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was also fined $500 for his bail breach, with convictions recorded on both offences.

Finally, Magistrate Saggers reminded the offender that help is available to fix his behaviour if he wants to pursue it.

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Charleville Western Times

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