Man’s family violence ‘disgusting’

A MAGISTRATE has warned a Mildura man not to downplay a family violence incident, saying his partner and their baby had the right to live in a safe environment.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to an assault charge before Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

On February 12 this year the couple were driving home with their two-month-old child when they began arguing.

After putting the child on the couch, the man grabbed his partner by her shirt, took her to the back of their house and threw her on the ground, the court was told.

The woman fled and called police.

Magistrate Dr Michael King said she should not have to put up with “that disgusting behaviour”, and said, given the man’s history of recklessly causing injury outside licensed premises, there was a pattern of resorting to violence.

His counsel said the Fijian man had moved to Australia in 2006 and regretted his behaviour.

The man was placed on a community corrections order for 12 months and must receive treatment for alcohol abuse and complete programs aimed at reducing offending behaviour.

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