A man fronted Roma Magistrates court facing three charges of breach bailing and one charge of contravening a domestic violence order.
A man fronted Roma Magistrates court facing three charges of breach bailing and one charge of contravening a domestic violence order.

‘Absolutely disgusting:’ man assaulted girlfriend and mother

A MAN whose actions towards his girlfriend and mother were described as "absolutely disgusting" by a Magistrate has been trying to turn his life around.

The defendant, 24 pleaded guilty to one charge of contravening a domestic violence order and three breaches of bail conditions in Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court a domestic violence order was issued in the Roma Magistrates Court on January 21.

On October 11, the couple were in Clermont when an argument ensued, which resulted in the defendant punching the dash of his partner's car and becoming aggressive towards her.

The court heard the defendant kept threatening her the entire time they were away.

On November 11, the defendant was calling the victim names and threatening to hurt her and after the victim warned him to stop, he grabbed a pencil from her hand and snapped it in two, before grabbing her by the hair and shaking her.

That same day, the defendant belittled the victim's cooking and spat mashed potato in her face.

On November 2, another argument started after the defendant accused his partner of lying and cheating, and the defendant's mother who was there at the time told him to calm down.

He then punched his mother and only stopped with his aggressive actions when the victim told him she would call police.

On November 3, the defendant had gotten up to go to the toilet and when he returned to bed, he slapped his partner across the face.

After his partner asked him why he had done it, he said nothing and rolled over and went back to sleep.

That same day after being admitted to hospital for threatening self harm after further arguing, he told professionals he knew he had a drinking problem and wanted to make changes to be a better husband and father.

The following morning, the defendant was released and arrested in relations to the matter, told he was not allowed to visit his partner at her place of residence or employment or have any contact with her.

On November 5, an officer ran into the victim at Westlands plaza and she admitted to him that the defendant had went to her place of residence an hour after being released and slept the night.

The court heard the victim said she was too afraid of the defendant to notify police.

On November 6, police attended the victim's residence where they found the defendant in the kitchen and arrested him.

He told police he hadn't realised how much trouble he would get in.

Police spoke to the victim on November 20 and she told them the defendant hadn't breached bail since the second arrest.

The defendant's lawyer, L Reid told the court the defendant who is engaged and has one child with his partner admits he had arguments with her on a regular basis.

Ms Reid said that upon release after his first arrest, the victim had contacted him and discussed him coming home.

"He's turning his life around. He doesn't intend on consuming alcohol because he knows his behaviour deteriorates rapidly," she said.

The court heard the defendant had been seeing a mental health professional and was back on his medication, with both parties wanting to see where the relationship goes.

"You were sitting there listening to everything you did. Your actions towards your girlfriend and mother were absolutely disgusting," Magistrate Cridland said.

"This is the type of situation in which persons are regularly imprisoned but I note you have been taking some action."

Magistrate Cridland sentenced the defendant to 18 months of reporting to a corrected services officer, as well as counselling with convictions recorded.


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