A MAN who assaulted his partner because she cooked him the wrong dinner has been convicted and fined $700.
The 32-year-old man, who has not been named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday to unlawful assault.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said at the couple’s Kyabram home on July 13, 2016, the accused had been drinking heavily and became agitated because he wanted hot dogs for dinner but got curried sausages.
‘‘By midnight, he became aggressive, so to settle him his partner has gone to bed,’’ she said. ‘‘He went in and ripped the blankets off her and grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her out of bed. He then verbally abused her. She left to go to her mother’s house.’’
Police arrested and interviewed the man the next day and an intervention order was granted.
The man, representing himself, said he and his partner were still together. ‘‘We were having a rough patch at the time,’’ he said.
With prior convictions for drinking offences, magistrate Sarah Leighfield asked the man if he still had problems with alcohol.
‘‘No, I don’t drink at home anymore,’’ he said. ‘‘We get along well now. This happened a long time ago. We’ve got past it. It was one of those nights that shouldn’t have happened.’’
Ms Leighfield warned the man never to physically or verbally hurt a woman.
‘‘Family violence is a serious issue, but it sounds like you’ve done some work to fix your underlying issues,’’ she said. ‘‘And there is also the fact your partner is here supporting you and you are still together.
‘‘You’ve shown you can change your behaviour and you’re not in a position where this behaviour will be repeated, which is a positive thing when it comes to sentencing. Otherwise, I would have put you on a community corrections order.’’