‘Women’s garbage’ lands man in court

SELF-confessed alcoholic Selwyn Arthur Squires stood in front of Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and asked why men had to continually put up with women's garbage.

The 68-year-old Warwick man appeared due to breeching a domestic violence order.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Squires had telephoned his former partner twice on April 23.

The former partner didn't answer the call the first time, but picked up the second time to hear Squires ask "have you got the sh**s with me?"

She responded saying "why wouldn't I?" and hung up the phone.

Squires' criminal history stems back to the 1980s including assaults and previous breaches of DVOs, fraud charges and drink driving.

The prosecutor said he was an "alcoholic" and Squires agreed he "goes on a binge every now and again".

Squires, who represented himself, told the magistrate he only called the former partner because he initially missed a call from her.

"I rang her back and then she goes and calls the law," he said.

"And then I'm charged, it doesn't work out right.

"Where is she?

"She should be in here too."

Squires said he understood that he should not have called her.

"The law came and gave me a bit of paper sayin' I had to appear in court," he said.

"Why does a man have to put up with a woman's garbage? I'm 68 years old aren't I?"

Magistrate Graham Lee said Squires would have a conviction recorded but would not be punished otherwise.

"If she calls again, don't ring her back," Mr Lee said.



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