Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Magistrate Says Man's Violence 'Unforgivable'

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Magistrate Says Man's Violence 'Unforgivable'

Article excerpt

A MAGISTRATE has condemned a father's violent behaviour as "unforgivable" after his terrified family had to run into another room and hold the door shut to get away from his violent outburst.

Yesterday Gladstone Magistrates Court was told the 43-year-old had hit his partner of 10 years with a closed fist while the two of them had been drinking at a private residence on March 29.

The court was told the man, who pleaded guilty to two charges of contravention of domestic violence order, also called the woman insulting names and accused her of incest.

The woman told police her partner had threatened to kill her and asked her: "You want me to throw you over the balcony and kill you?".

Police prosecutor Sergeant Merrilyn Hoskins said neighbours witnessed the violence and verbal abuse.

In fear, five family members present at the time of the man's outburst ran away from him and into the hallway.

They held the door to the room he was still inside of closed until police arrived. …

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