News

Man punches wife in face, walks from court with fine

THE well-dressed man appeared humble sitting beside his solicitor in court as the facts of his offending were read out.

His behaviour, which would later be described as "odd", was blamed on stressors in his life - loss of a job due to falling commodity prices but no medical or mental health issues.

The Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the man - who cannot be named to protect the identify of his victim - was subject to a domestic violence order from March last year.

But he breached that court order when his wife - and victim - heard a "large crashing noise" inside her home and a large hole appeared in a wall, and the man emerged from a car.

The man then punched his wife in the face with a "closed fist" as she stood at the top of the stairs after investigating the source of the noise.

When police caught up with the man a short time later, he refused an interview and was taken to the watch house.

In an unrelated offence on December 8 last year, the man was found trespassing in the front yard of a Seppelt St home.

By chance, police were nearby as a woman and young child in the front yard watched the man walk to the rear of the property.

The man did not live or reside at the property, and he was arrested.

Is domestic violence a problem in Toowoomba?

His behaviour on the two occasions was described as "odd" by Magistrate Kay Ryan presiding over the man's guilty pleas to one count each of contravene a domestic violence order and trespass.

Duty solicitor Phil Stainton submitted a fine was appropriate for his client who he told the court had a job lined up in resource-rich Western Australia.

Mr Stainton said his client had worked on oil rigs but lost his job due to falling commodity prices, and hadn't been able to find work due to strict bail reporting conditions.

But with a capacity to "earn a good wage" in Western Australia, Mr Stainton said fines would be appropriate for the offences.

Magistrate Ryan admonished the man for his actions, telling him violence in the community was never tolerated, but especially domestic violence related offences.

"Both incidences seem to be quite odd," she said.

"Odd, in the sense your behaviour doesn't make a lot of sense.

"The breach of domestic violence is serious (as it) involves an act of actual violence.

"Such violence is not condoned by anyone."

Magistrate Ryan said while community-based orders were generally handed down for breaching domestic violence orders, she accepted submissions he wouldn't be able to meet the obligations if working in Western Australia.

She noted a "dated" breach of domestic violence offence on his criminal history, and reminded him that disturbing reports of violence against partners had been at the "forefront of the news all the time".

She referenced the landmark Not Now Not Ever report compiled by Dame Quentin Bryce.

The man was given one fine of $1500, referred to the State Penalities Enforcement Registry, for both offences and had convictions recorded against him.

"If you appear again in court, you will not be getting fines," Magistrate Ryan said.

The man was met by a woman as he walked from the courtroom.

For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
 

Topics:  domestic violence editors picks not now not ever toowoomba toowoomba crime toowoomba magistrates court


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

War memorabilia finds its way home

LOST AND FOUND: RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Bruce Miller was honoured to reunite the memorabilia with owner Henry Edward Howcroft's son Lewis Howcroft on February 12.

It was a case of lost and found for this World War Two memorabilia.

Council's big cash splash on soccer

PLANNING: Cr Peter Flannery and MP Mark Ryan inspect plans for stage one of the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex soccer precinct.

Nearly $11.5 million will be spend on stage one of a new precinct.

Raising funds for cancer research through music

IN TUNE: Bird On A Choir's Al Handsley, Joy Payne, Susan Ivison and Bill Payne are busy rehearsing for their performance at Kick Cancer Up The ARTS on March 5.

Woodford's Bird on a Choir is rallying together to raise funds.

Local Partners

Planning the future of jobs in Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Regional Council is seeking community feedback on its draft five-year blueprint to guide jobs creation, economic growth and lifestyle opportunities.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

What's on the big screen this week

HUGH Jackman returns one last time as Wolverine in Logan and the iconic Australian novel Jasper Jones comes to life on the big screen.

Walking Dead villain takes on new role in The Missing

David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Abigail Hardingham and Tcheky Karyo in a scene from The Missing.

Walking Dead villain returns to screens in mystery show, The Missing

Holly Valance caught up in $213m lawsuit

Holly Valance

Lawsuit alleges blackmail, extortion and intimidation by Candy pair

Lifesaver for a day: One-of-a-kind Coast tour

The Mooloolaba Surf Club is launching a new tour of the club and beach that educates visitors about life a as surf lifesaver. Getaway is filming a segment about the tour with presenter Charli Robinson.

Behind-the-scenes tour of surf club attracts television appearance

Bundaberg: No one does life like us

It's the spirit of Bundaberg and it's about to go global in a $20m campaign. With celebrities coming to the rum city to shoot new commercial.

The Rum City hits screens around Australia tonight

BOOKS: Superstition a central theme in new outback thriller

Author Cassandra Austin.

Cassandra Austin is celebrating the release of her second novel

MKR recap: The secret ingredients to longevity and success

It’s chilli con carnage on MKR.

‘Turn up the heat’ means chillies. Lots of chillies.

Iconic North Coast post office up for sale

HISTORY: Nicole Swain is selling the historic Bangalow Post Office building this month.

Post office comes complete with the historic Lest We Forget clock

Opponents question Sekisui's 68% support claim

VIEW: An artist's impression of Sekisui House's proposal looking towards Mount Coolum.

Developer says it has 68% support, claims which raised some eyebrows

Old fireman's hall to make way for Maccas carpark

Workers remove the roof from the old firemans hall in Limestone Street in preparation for its demolition to extend the McDonald's carpark.

Demolition workers move in on Limestone St property

Major Burrum Heads development to go to vote

Site development plans for the proposed lot conversion at Burrum Heads, near Beach Dr.

Councillors will vote on the lot conversions.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!