$300 fine for domestic dispute

A MAN tried to jump on his partner three times and unplugged the phone to prevent her from calling for help, a court was told this morning.

The man, 52, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the man and his partner had been drinking at a pub but began to argue when the woman asked him not to bet so much money.

Sgt Stevens said the pair left the pub after a small disturbance and continued to argue when they got home.

“Three times he jumped on her and she pushed him off,” he said.

“He put his hand near her face and she bit down on it.”

Sgt Stevens said the man then wiped his blood on the woman’s face and left the room.

The court was told the man then unplugged the home phone.

Sgt Stevens said the woman attempted to calm the situation down by going to a different room but the man kept following her.

Defence lawyer Mary Buchanan said the woman had called the man names numerous times that night.

She said as well as the bite, the woman had also punched the man with a closed fist.

“In her statement she said she was very angry with him at the start of the incident,” Ms Buchanan said.

Ms Buchanan said the pair had mutual domestic violence orders.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced the man to one month in prison with an immediate parole release date.

The man was also fined $300.



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