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Man guilty of family violence

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July 13, 2017

A man who committed family violence just one month after being sentenced to a community corrections order (CCO) for smacking his child has been given another chance.

A MAN who committed family violence just one month after being sentenced to a community corrections order (CCO) for smacking his child has been given another chance.

The man appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week to plead guilty to the new charges as well as a breach of the previous CCO.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend told the court the accused verbally and physically abused his partner on April 27.

‘‘The victim said the accused woke up angry that he had to take his son to kindergarten,’’ he said.

‘‘He pushed the victim against the bedroom wall and punched a hole in the plaster wall. He then stormed out slamming the front door where the glass panelling shattered.

‘‘The victim was not hurt but was placed in fear. The abuse continued outside before police intervened.’’

Snr Constable Friend said the man resisted police before being overpowered and being placed in handcuffs and under arrest.

‘‘He was taken to Kyabram police station where he gave no reason or comment,’’ he said.

Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said this was another matter where the man had lost control.

‘‘The whole point of the CCO was to deal with the underlying issues and there wasn’t any time before this offence occurred for you to have started addressing these,’’ she said.

Ms Leighfield then convicted him, placed him on another CCO for six months and ordered him to undertake 80 hours of community work.

She also varied the previous CCO to include treatment and rehabilitation for mental health issues and drug use.

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