Man pours oil, lights match
A MAN who poured oil over the car his wife was sitting in and flicked a match at it has been fined for breaching a domestic violence order.
Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told the 37-year-old Horse Camp man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ripped the fuel lid off the car and poured car oil over the vehicle before his wife got into it on August 27.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said the man then lit a match.
“He threw it in the direction of the car, but it fell short,” she said.
The couple has four children together and Sgt Shapcott told the court his son called the police.
The defendant was charged with one count of breaching a domestic violence order, which was handed out in the same court on June 2.
Defence lawyer Matthew Messenger said the oil, the defendant had poured over the car, was difficult to ignite.
“It’s fairly disturbing behaviour from anyone who had seen it occur,” Mr Messenger said.
The lawyer said there was a lot of tension in the home around the time the incident happened and his client had been seeking help to deal with his issues.
Since the crime, the man has been treated for depression.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts said, while the incident was “wholly disturbing”, the steps the defendant had taken to rectify his behaviour were positive.
She said the man had no history of domestic violence and she had taken into account his guilty plea during sentencing.
Ms Batts fined the man $480 and no conviction was recorded.