A Gulgong man charged with a Christmas Eve domestic incident, then with breaching the subsequent Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) in January, has been fined $750 and placed on an 18-month Community Corrections Order.
David Callow of Bowman Street, Gulgong, pleaded guilty in Mudgee Local Court to charges of 'Assault occasioning actual bodily harm' and 'Contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (Domestic)'.
During the incident on the evening of Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the 40-year-old kicked the victim twice - the first of which was to wake her. And ushered her into the front yard to push her to leave the premises.
Police noted that the victim had a sore talibone, was struggling to walk and was in discomfort when sitting down.
The AVO was put in place following the incident, with a condition that Callow not approach the Person In Need Of Protection within 12 hours of consuming alcohol.
Which he breached on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and the next day by drinking at home.
In relation to the latter, Magistrate Alexander Mijovich asked the defendant, "why do you think a private individual could change an order of the court?".
And during sentencing added, "the only saving grace - and why the court isn't going any further - is that they're your first offences".
- If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or at risk of inflicting it, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for advice or support, this free, confidential service is open 24/7, or MensLine Australia (1300 789 978).
- For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14.
- In an emergency, call the police on Triple-zero (000), all incidents of violence should be reported.