'We can't choose our family': Magistrate warns DV offender
A 23-YEAR-OLD Cherbourg man threatened to punch his older sister while dinner was being prepared, because she was getting on his nerves.
He threw a glass bowl on the floor of the Cherbourg home at 7.30pm on May 15.
Magistrate Louisa Pink had a stern piece of advice for the man who fronted court for breaching a domestic violence order against his 26-year-old sister.
"I have a newsflash for you, we can't choose our family but we have got to live them and you can't decide that your sister gets on your nerves and threaten to punch her,” she said.
Defence lawyer Tim Campion said the defendant had been prescribed medication to manage his depression and anxiety but was not taking it at the time of the offence.
Ms Pink said the defendant needed to control his behaviour to avoid facing court again and advised him to speak with his GP in regards to his medication.
The man was fined $300 because the offence was a threat and a conviction was not recorded due to the man's limited history.