Jail term for man who stood over ex-partner and spat saliva
A MAN who was seen standing over his partner and spitting his saliva on her has had his day in court.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty this week in Murgon Magistrates Court to contravening a domestic violence order, a public nuisance offence and a failing to appear in court charge.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said police saw the man standing over the woman during police patrols in Cherbourg on October 11 this year.
After police saw the pair, Sgt Gangemi said the woman yelled out to them "he knocked me to the ground".
It was heard the man then yelled a range of profanities.
Although he pleaded guilty to the charges, defence solicitor Mark Oliver said his client "can't really remember what happened".
"He's very remorseful for his actions," Mr Oliver said.
Magistrate Simon Young sentenced the defendant to three months imprisonment for the contravention of his domestic violence order and one month imprisonment for failing to appear.
His sentence was wholly suspended for 12 months.
"Being the sole carer for your child gives you incentive to stay out of prison," Mr Young said.
He said the defendant's actions were "disgraceful" and warned him re-offending would impact his children more than himself.
"I don't know what example you're trying to make for your children by knocking over your former partner and spitting on her," he said.
No changes were made to his current protection order, and convictions were recorded.