Burnett man slapped, hit and put hands around woman's throat
A DAY of drinking in a park has led to a string of charges for one Cherbourg man.
The man, 21, was charged with four charges including wilful damage and breaching domestic violence orders.
On January 12, the man walked up beside a woman, then hit her in the side of the ribs, pulled her hair and put his hands around her throat.
Less than two weeks later, the man attended a party where the woman was also in attendance.
The woman asked him to leave, but he refused.
Instead, he walked over to her and slapped her with an open hand across the face.
The man pleaded guilty to all charges.
"Now, what I can tell you very, very clearly is this is not acceptable," magistrate Pink said.
"The community will not accept domestic violence.
"The community denounces this kind of behaviour."
Ms Pink told the man that domestic violence has become a matter of national concern.
"The penalty that I will be imposing is on the one hand to send you a clear message that you have got to stop committing these sorts of offences," she said.
"And on the other hand to support you rehabilitation."
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The man was placed on probation for nine months.
"You can expect that if you are back before the courts on breaches of DV, especially any time soon and especially for violence, you are putting yourself on track to be going out that door and going to prison."
Magistrate Pink said there was no excuse for his behaviour.
"The law says being drunk is not a defence. It is not a defence," she said.
"If you can not control yourself when you are drunk then you have to curb your drinking."
"If she tells you to leave, you leave. You don't slap her across the face."
A conviction was not recorded and the 21-year-old was advised to attended domestic violence counselling.
The man, who has finished grade 12, was told in no uncertain terms it was time to grow up.
"Your days of just being able to drink yourself into oblivion and doing whatever it is you feel like when you are drunk are over," the magistrate said.
"You are clearly bright, you have a good education.
"You can do better things with your life," she said.
"It's all in your hands now."