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Magistrate blasts Dad-of-two for domestic violence breach

Bundaberg Magistrates Court
Bundaberg Magistrates Court Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG magistrate has reaffirmed the community's intolerance towards domestic violence, after blasting a 31-year-old man who threw a mop at his wife, reducing him to tears in court.

The father of two, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his wife and children, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to breaching a domestic violence order in July this year.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said officers were called to a Bundaberg home after reports of a disturbance.

"As police parked the vehicle, they observed the aggrieved running (down the street)," he said.

"The defendant came after her and walked at a fast pace.

"(He) was carrying a mop in his right hand."

Sgt Stevens said officers then saw the defendant throw the mop "like a javelin" towards the victim.

"When police were speaking with the aggrieved, she was crying and was distressed," he said.

"The defendant was aggressive - his fists were clenched and his face was red."

Defence lawyer Geoff Ebert claimed the couple - who have two young boys - had only been "horsing around", and had resolved a minor argument shortly before the victim left to go to the shops.

But Magistrate Zac Sarra was not convinced.

"He has repeatedly appeared in court for exactly the same behaviour," he said.

Mr Sarra said there had been 55 murders in Queensland last year, 38 of which were domestic violence-related.

"That's what happens when this behaviour continues to fester," he said.

"I look at the history and I can predict you're going to be back here in September/October next year.

"I'll wonder if he's killed his wife this time, or I wonder if she's killed him."

Mr Sarra questioned the role the defendant was playing in his children's lives.

"His young boys are going to be sitting where he is in 20 years time," he said.

"You are the most powerful male role model in the universe in the eyes of your two young boys."

The tearful defendant told Mr Sarra he loved his boys, and paused before saying that he too loved his wife, who was in the court room.

"Well why do you keep coming back to court? Why do you choose to continue to behave in this manner?"

The man said he felt remorse for what he had done.

"I really don't know what happened - I've stopped drinking, money's a lot better," the man said.

But Mr Sarra told the man "this isn't about you anymore".

"It's about your behaviour to your wife, in front of your children.

"Be more respectful to your wife because she's the mother of your children.

"We want to try and stop domestic violence today so it's not in the next generation."

Mr Sarra jailed the man for eight months, but ordered he be released on immediate parole.
 

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