Mackay man tosses coffee in partner’s face during argument
A Mackay man has been reprimanded for throwing cold coffee over his girlfriend during a heated argument.
At the time the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was about two weeks shy of completing probation for similar offending.
Mackay Magistrates Court heard it related to a December 2019 incident where he had thrown food on the ground in anger believing his partner had been flirting with a male friend.
"The whole idea of probation is that it's put in place by the court to rehabilitate you, to stop you throwing food, to stop you throwing drink, to stop other acts of domestic violence," Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan said.
"And it didn't work, because a mere two weeks out from the end you were still throwing things at the (woman)."
More recently, on August 29 last year, the pair argued after returning to a Blacks Beach home drunk from a party.
The man then had an argument with her 12-year-old daughter, during which she told him not to speak to her child like that and the pair argued again.
"Children should never be involved in DV incidents, it's very detrimental, very damaging to them," Ms Hartigan said.
The woman went to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee before realising she had already made one, which was not cold.
The man followed and pointed out she already had a coffee, to which she said, "I know."
He then yelled, "Oh you know do you?" before picking up the cup of cold coffee and tossing the liquid over the woman's face and body.
"There is an ongoing pattern of conduct here that when you are drunk, when you become annoyed, you throw things," Ms Hartigan said.
"And that's unacceptable."
He pleaded guilty to an aggravated breach of a domestic violence order.
"In a vacuum those facts sound at the lowest end of the scale of seriousness," Ms Hartigan said.
"But I can't look at those facts in a vacuum.
"I have to look at them against a backdrop of your criminal history."
"You were at the end of (your probation order) and you're still not rehabilitated."
Ms Hartigan said that indicated the man needed more rehabilitation and for longer.
He was placed on 18 months probation. A conviction was recorded.