Charleville courthouse.
Charleville courthouse.

Charleville father guilty of multiple domestic violence offences

A CHARLEVILLE father was sentenced in court for three domestic violence-related offences after he rocked up to his ex-partner and children’s house intoxicated, whipped his ex-partner in the face with a shirt and smashed her phone.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, fronted the Charleville Magistrates Court on October 19 pleading guilty to common assault – a domestic violence offence, contravening a domestic violence order and wilful damage – a domestic violence offence.

The court heard the aggrieved and their four children have a protection order against the man that will be enforced for the next five years.

Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the court at 9.30am on September 6, the defendant went to his ex-partner’s home to visit their children.

“He was under the influence of alcohol and was abrupt and was told to go several times,” Sgt Boodnikoff said.

“He then returned as he lost his mobile phone, they tried to find the phone but couldn’t so he became aggressive and picked up a shirt and flicked the partner in the face.

“He then threw the aggrieved's phone to the ground.”

A short time later, the defendant was sitting in the car with their youngest child who was playing with the same phone.

He took it off the child and threw it to the ground again.

The court heard Charleville police later located the defendant away from the incident and he was remorseful and apologetic for his actions.

The defendant’s lawyer, Laurie Parker said his client and the partner are usually on good terms.

“He was going to visit the former partner and she told him to go at lunch time, instead he went to the football and had a fair few drinks which I’ve told him is not a good idea as he will do things he wouldn’t normally do,” he said.

“To his credit, he’s paid for the broken screen.

“He is currently on a probation order and doing quite well at the moment.

“Sometimes, I notice people take one to two times to adjust to a protection order.”

Mr Parker submitted that his client be placed on a further probation order for three offences.

Magistrate Peter Saggers said to the defendant that he recalled him coming before him earlier this year and understands he is normally on reasonable terms with the ex-partner.

“You’ve gone over affected by alcohol to the mother of your children and in front of your children, they see that behaviour,” he said.

“It’s not the sort of behaviour they should be seeing.

“And it’s not the behaviour you should be doing to the mother – it won’t work sensibly if you continue to behave like this.”

The defendant was placed on an 18-month probation order and a conviction was recorded.

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