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Husband punches wife to get his own way

WHEN his wife refused to submit to his demands she go home, one Warwick man tried to persuade her by repeatedly punching her in the face.

The father of five, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, began to argue with the woman and urged her to leave her relative's house on December 12.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard when his wife refused, the man smashed a cup of tea out of her hand and punched her "a number of times in the face".

The woman followed her husband to the front yard, where he proceeded to punch her several more times.

As a result of the attack, the woman was left with swelling to her face and eyebrow area.

The court heard the man had been subjected to a two-year domestic violence order and was on court-ordered parole at the time of the offence.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court he had known the couple for quite some time and he was saddened to see their relationship deteriorate so severely.

"While he has significant criminal history, he has nothing related to violence," Mr Habermann said.

"He's never really been an angel but his partner is a very likeable person and never gets into trouble."

Mr Habermann added that the couple's children did not witness the violence.

Acting Magistrate Dennis Beutel said breaching a court order was a very serious offence.

"The court must show, by its penalties, that court orders are worth something," he said.

"Any physical violence must not be tolerated but violence against someone protected by these orders makes it much more serious."

The man pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order and was sentenced to three months jail, suspended for eight months.

He was taken into custody on December 27, when his parole was revoked following his arrest for this matter.

The parole board will now decide his fate in regards to when he will be released from custody.

Topics:  domestic violence, punch, warwick magistrates court



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