Umpire given bail

A MILDURA man who hit his partner in the presence of their six-month-old baby after returning home from umpiring his first junior cricket game on Saturday has been released on bail.

Police did not oppose the 25-year-old’s bail application in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard the man, who cannot be named, recently obtained a working with children check to take up cricket umpiring and had taken charge of his first game on Saturday afternoon before the offence occurred.

His defence counsel Anne Hennessy said he went into the umpires’ rooms after the game and was given a beer.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Heintze said the man got into an argument with his partner after returning home, when she asked him to look after their baby while she had a cigarette.

The court heard he struck her in the face after she told him to pack his things and leave.

The woman went out into the street and began yelling for help, while the man went outside the house and threw a sprinkler at her car.

The man threatened to slit his partner’s throat before leaving the scene.

He was later arrested and taken to the Mildura police station.

Ms Hennessy said the man had “a lot of extra demands put on him” over the past year, with his mother receiving treatment in Adelaide for a serious medical condition.

His partner’s pregnancy had been complicated and she had spent time in Adelaide before the baby’s birth in April.

She said the man had an alcohol problem and the violence occurred after he was given a beer at the cricket ground.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge bailed the man to live with his father in Mildura but barred him from consuming alcohol or going within 50 metres of the house where his partner and baby live.

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