Man punches partner in face

A MAN who punched his girlfriend in the face during a fight in Bourbong Street pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to public nuisance.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said police were called to a disturbance in the main street, where witnesses said Bradley Andrew Mairu, 29, had punched a woman.

Mairu and his now ex-partner had been in a vehicle parked near the Chemist Warehouse during a verbal argument.

The court heard that during the quarrel, Mairu had punched the woman in the face. She then got out of the car and he followed her down the street, continuing to verbally abuse her.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client had been hit by his girlfriend and responded by hitting her back.

The woman had picked Mairu up after he spent three hours in the watch-house.

Mr Burgess said Mairu planned to move to Cairns and work in a shipyard cleaning boats.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced the man to 18 months’ probation.

“We can be optimistic of your good intentions to move and get a job, but you will need to apply yourself,” the magistrate told Mairu.



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