This man harassed his partner minutes after they left court
JUST moments after leaving a Gladstone court for offences of breaching a domestic violence order, a man followed his former partner away from Gladstone Courthouse in his car, telling her to get in.
Despite just getting a $1200 fine and the court imposed DVO intended to prevent him from having contact with her, the estranged couple argued along the street over what had just been said in the courtroom.
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Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the man, aged in his 20s, followed her in his car along Yaroon Street and while driving alongside had continually asked her to get in.
When she finally did they argued and the agitated man had pulled her pony tail.
Told to stop the car he did not but stopped when she opened the car door.
Sgt Stevens said the woman's mother arrived and when the woman went to get into her car the man grabbed her.
Telling him to let go, he did. She then drove away with her mother.
As a result he was charged with new offences and again going before Gladstone Magistrates Court the man pleaded guilty to contravening the DVO, and breach of his bail conditions.
Defence lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said the entire distance of the incident would have been no more than a kilometre and the man accepted that his behaviour was not an appropriate way to deal with matters.
"He was acting entirely on emotion rather than stopping and thinking," she said.
Magistrate Richard Lehmann said the matter took place just after his previous sentence for a breach of the DVO, aggravated by being such a short time after.
He said he grabbed the woman but let go when she told him to and pulling her hair was at the lower end and not like a punch or a slap but by following her it had been harassment.
Mr Lehmann accepted that he was now getting counselling and there were issues over contact with the child the former couple had.
"I'm satisfied it is not a matter that calls for a term of imprisonment," he said.
He sentenced the man to 18 months supervised probation, warning that if he fails to comply with Queensland Corrective Services he would be resentenced.
Mr Lehmann said because the breach happened on the same day of his previous offence being dealt with by the court he would record a conviction.
For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.