Woman attacks ex-partner with butter knife
A KINGAROY woman has been told she needs to learn how to control her violence after attacking her ex-partner with a butter knife.
The woman appeared in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on September 17, charged with contravening a domestic violence order made by the Innisfail Magistrates Court on November 14.
The 32-year-old woman came back to the house, where her aggrieved spouse was, at 3.30pm on August 28.
Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said her ex-partner suffers from pain in his spine.
He accidentally knocked her mobile phone where it was charging, which smashed on the ground.
The court heard at around 11.30pm, the woman's ex-partner tried to secure himself in a room to avoid an argument over the phone.
The 32-year-old woman used a butter knife to wedge the door open, and hit the man on the head before throwing it on the floor.
Prosecutor Gangemi said she lost her cool, hit the aggrieved on the head and used the knife as a weapon.
There was, however, no injury reported from the attack.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said it was a considerable amount of time between the broken phone and the attack.
"He was quiet and did not want to talk, and you met that with violence," she said.
"You forced yourself into a room, that he tried to secure himself."
Her lawyer, Mark Oliver, said the relationship had been on and off again, and the Kingaroy woman was a supporting mother of three.
"It was not the first time a phone had been broken," he said.
The 32-year-old woman has already undertaken counselling, is planning further studies, and regularly volunteers in the local community.
Magistrate Pink said it was concerning she was volunteering in these environments, with this sort of violence coming out of frustrations.
"You need to understand what is involved, and how to control your violence," she said.
No convictions were recorded, however the woman will serve six months' probation.
She will be required to report to a corrective services officer, attend counselling, undertake DV programs and anger management programs.