Shepparton News

Fined for assault



A magistrate has urged a man who slapped his partner and breached a family violence interventi­on order to take an active role calling out misogyny.

The accused, 26, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and a family violence interventi­on breach at the Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Les Oroszvary said the victim attended the man’s Euroa home on a date between December 25 and 31 in 2018 and the pair argued, with the man accusing her of cheating. The argument ‘‘got out of hand’’ and the man slapped the victim across the face.

The victim went to her mother’s house in Broadford, where the accused attended on January 3, 2019. They again argued about the alleged cheating, with it becoming physical and the accused throwing a thong at the victim. Interviewe­d by police after the incident, the man said he wanted to talk to the victim about her ‘‘messaging another bloke’’, while he also called her a ‘‘lying b----’’. In another incident in 2019, the court heard the victim was visiting the accused at a house in Wangaratta. After another argument escalated, the accused locked the victim out of the house as they continued shouting for 10 minutes.

Both were arguing, swearing and throwing objects at each other, which included the man striking the victim with a broken door handle.

Defence counsel Susie Crowe said the man was not proud of his actions, and put them down to drug use at the time. She said he had turned his life around, and asked for a fine.

Magistrate Peter Mithen said he was pleased the man had turned his life around but added ‘‘that doesn’t shine much light on what occurred’’. He imposed a $900 fine. Mr Mithen encouraged the ‘‘clearly much more mature’’ man to call out any family violence or misogyny he witnessed in life.

‘‘Family violence has got no place in the community at all,’’ he said.

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