Mollymook resident Travis Doyle assaulted his partner in their home not once but twice in one night, a court has heard.
Mr Doyle has pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault. The only explanation he could give the court was that the couple were drinking alcohol.
The court heard the pair were in an argument over money and dinner when Doyle pushed his partner, causing her to hit her head on a brick wall and smash her wine glass.
An ambulance was called to treat her head injuries and she was taken to Milton Hospital.
After she returned from hospital later that night, the pair were in another argument and another push from Doyle caused her to hit her head again.
With the lump on her head the size of a grapefruit she was again required to go to Milton Hospital in an ambulance.
Magistrate Gabriel Fleming considered the matter so serious, she revoked Doyle’s bail and called corrections officers to take him into custody while she considered the matter during the morning and over lunch.
Delivering her judgment later in the afternoon, she told Doyle his actions were “absolutely disgraceful”.
“The fact that she might say you are forgiven is completely irrelevant, you were bordering on gratuitous violence” she said.
She also said dinner and money were something couples argued about all the time and his reaction had been unacceptable.
“I have to send a strong message to you and the community that domestic violence is not acceptable.”
“It is not a private matter, it is a crime,” she said.
Mr Doyle’s bail was allowed to continue while he is assessed for suitability of an intensive corrections order.
He is also undergoing alcohol counselling which he did not seek until one month after the event.
Findings from the intensive corrections order suitability report will be presented to the court on July 14.
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