Recklessly Cause Injury and Unlawful Assault – Good Behaviour Bond, No Conviction

The client and the victim were in a relationship and have a son together. The client was dropping the son off after an access visit and they got into a heated argument. The client picked up a brush from a dustpan and threw it at the victim at close range, hitting her in the head. The injury to her forehead required stitches.

Our client was charged with:

  • Recklessly Cause Injury
  • Unlawful Assault

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court.

The client was in his early 40’s and had no prior history. After the incident occurred, he enrolled into a 20-week Men’s Behaviour Change group and, at the time of Court, had attended 5 of those sessions. We had obtained a reference evidencing his attendance. We were successfully able to portray the incident as a poor snap decision made in a moment of frustration, and persuaded the Magistrate that he did not have inherent violent tendencies. An excellent reference was also obtained from his employer, who described him as well as a mannered, valuable employee.

Our client was placed without conviction on a bond to be of good behaviour with a special condition that he completes the Men’s Behaviour Change program and provides a written confirmation of completion by the end of the program. He was also asked to make a contribution to the Court fund.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013