Vi­o­lent pair’s biff over cig­gie

Cou­ple get phys­i­cal in Bar­ney Pt fight

The Observer - - NEWS - Sarah Barn­ham sarah.barn­ham@glad­stone ob­

A FIGHT that saw phys­i­cal vi­o­lence, kill threats, a dam­aged car bon­net, smashed phone and snapped sun­glasses, all started over a packet of cig­a­rettes.

A Glad­stone cou­ple, who can­not be named, were no strangers to the court­room. In the past month, both had breached cross do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders taken out against each other.

While his part­ner ap­peared ear­lier in June, this week the Glad­stone man pleaded guilty to one count of the DVO breach and one count of wil­ful dam­age.

The court heard at 2pm on July 7, po­lice re­ceived a call from the man’s girl­friend, re­port­ing he had thrown a rock at her car, dam­ag­ing it.

The pair were at a Bar­ney Point res­i­dence with a friend of the girl­friend’s when they got into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment.

When the girl­friend and her friend walked out­side and got in her car, the man fol­lowed them both, an­gered at re­al­is­ing his part­ner had locked the doors, not al­low­ing him in.

He tapped on the win­dow while hold­ing a large rock, threat­en­ing to throw it if she didn’t give him a cig­a­rette.

Re­fus­ing, she drove the car away from her part­ner but not be­fore he hurled the rock at the bon­net of the car, leav­ing a large dint.

The man was ar­rested and released on bail.

Just three days later the pair got into an­other ar­gu­ment, which saw the woman push hard against the man’s cheek in an act of vi­o­lence.

The man told her he would “kill them both”, sped up the car, did a U-turn and parked. The pair got out of the car and the man’s part­ner walked away with the cig­a­rettes.

He chased af­ter her and grabbed her arm, leav­ing bruises and pinch marks, the court heard. He then took her phone and smashed it on the ground, be­fore walk­ing into a Bar­ney Point house.

She fol­lowed him in­side and sat down next to him. He asked her what she wanted, but she grabbed his sun­glasses and snapped them in half.

The fight got phys­i­cal, but was quickly bro­ken up by a fam­ily mem­ber at the house.

Mag­is­trate Me­lanie Ho or­dered him to pay a $300 fine and com­plete a six-month good be­hav­iour bond.

No con­vic­tion was recorded.

❝ He tapped on the win­dow while hold­ing a large rock, threat­en­ing to throw it if she didn’t give him a cig­a­rette.

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