Ex-rugby league player sentenced for abusing partner
A FORMER representative rugby league player, who currently resides in St George, was sentenced in court for contravening a domestic violence order after he abused his partner of 20-years calling her a "slut" and "mole" and accused of her seeing another man.
St George Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday September 22, the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was at home with his partner before she was going to work in Toowoomba.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court the defendant started calling his partner a "slut" and "mole" and said she was going to Toowoomba to be with another man.
She then left the home then returned shortly after with her work vehicle and the defendant got into the front seat and continued calling her a "slut" and "mole".
Sgt Whiting said the aggrieved told the defendant to get out of the car but he continued yelling at her until she was able to drive away.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service solicitor Michael Corbin said his client was upset because he lost his licence and he wanted her to drive him to Mungindi, but she refused.
"He is rather embarrassed, accepts what he did and understands he acted poorly," Mr Corbin said.
"They are still together and have been for 20 years and have two children."
Mr Corbin said his client was raised in the southwest and had played representative football.
"He worked on council as a land officer and is very keen to set himself and the family up in a home and wants security," Mr Corbin said.
The lawyer submitted to magistrate Tracy Mossop that the offence be dealt with in a way of a fine.
Mossop told the defendant he has an "interesting history, not in a good way".
"You committed serious offences in the late 1990s, then you have minor offences in 2003 - wilful damage then a previous domestic violence offence in 2008," she said.
"Then in 2019, a public nuisance offence, then you were good until 2018 until drugs came into play.
"Once in 2018 then 2019 you contravened a police direction then this domestic violence offence in early 2020.
"Most people commit offences when younger then improve, but you are going the other way.
"If drugs are the issue, you need to address that."
There were originally two charges of contravening a domestic violence order, however the prosecution didn't submit evidence to one charge, so he was discharged.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the other charge of contravening a domestic violence order.
Mossop said he needed a "harder hit with your offence".
She fined him $500 and the conviction was recorded.
"Don't go down this line, improve," the magistrate warned.