Vic­tim shouted at while out­side refuge

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AN AIR­LIE Beach man breached his a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der af­ter driv­ing past and shout­ing abuse at his part­ner, who was stand­ing out­side of the Whit­sun­day Coun­selling and Sup­port Build­ing.

The of­fender asked the vic­tim “Can I just see bub?” as he drove past, and when that went ig­nored he pro­ceeded to yell out that she was a “f------ dog” or “mole” in front of wit­nesses on Septem­ber 4 at 1pm.

The man went to the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion the fol­low­ing day for ad­vice on how to con­tact the vic­tim.

Af­ter con­duct­ing po­lice checks, which re­vealed he was wanted for the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der breach, the man was charged and placed in cus­tody.

Ap­pear­ing in court by vide­olink, the man pleaded guilty to an ag­gra­vated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der breach due to pre­vi­ous history.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young told the of­fender that “yelling abuse” and “in­tim­i­da­tion” were ex­am­ples of “co­er­cive con­trol”.

“The of­fence is at the lower end of the scale but there are sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors which ag­gra­vate the con­duct,” he said.

He was sen­tenced to six months’ prison with an im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease, fined $500 and 70 days was de­clared served.

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