Row over mates became violent

A YOUNG Warwick father fronted court yesterday after his anger resulted in his breaching a domestic violence order issued in December of last year.

Troy Brendan Locke, 21, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court where it was heard he became involved in an altercation with his girlfriend over his choice of mates.

Police were called to a Redgwell St residence on December 20 last year in response to reports of a disturbance and heard yelling and banging coming from the house.

The court heard Locke was trying to leave the home and the woman tried to physically restrain him from doing so.

It was heard Locke lashed out, pushing her several times and at one point, grabbing her by the throat while yelling at her.

The police prosecutor said inside the home Locke head-butted and punched the walls, all while in the presence of the couple’s then 13-month-old child.

Defence counsel for Locke said he admitted to punching the walls but denied grabbing the woman by the throat.

He said the couple have since separated.

Magistrate Anne Thacker told Locke he was old enough to know his behaviour was unacceptable, especially while in the presence of his child.

He was fined $400 for the breach and no conviction was recorded.



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