Abuse trauma lives on, court hears

A SUNRAYSIA man expecting compensation after the royal commission into child sexual abuse still experiences “emotional issues” from his trauma, a court has heard.

The man pleaded guilty to the unlawful assault of his partner and assaulting emergency workers on duty in Mildura Magistrates’ Court this week.

He spent eight days in custody before being released on bail on Tuesday to receive support and treatment as he awaits sentencing.

The court was told the man smashed his partner’s face into a steel carport, injuring her nose, earlier this month.

He was arrested two days later and ­became agitated and abusive to custody ­officers, spitting at them, before being placed in isolation.

The man’s lawyer, Robyn Greensill, said he “doesn’t operate very well because he has got drug problems and emotional issues”.

The court heard the man was expecting compensation after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which handed down its final report at the end of last year.

Ms Greensill said the man “adores his partner” but behaved irrationally after he stopped taking prescribed medication.

The man expressed remorse and told the court he was making efforts to live a quiet life and had abstained from drugs in recent times.

Magistrate Pauline Spencer released him on bail and deferred his sentencing for four months, to allow him to take part in court treatment programs, but warned him ­assaulting emergency workers was a serious offence that could lead to imprisonment.

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