Burglary, Theft, Recklessly Causing Injury, Criminal Damage

The client found her husband had been unfaithful just prior to their separation. She went around to his house, reached through the window and stole some of his clothes. She then ripped them up before chasing him with a rubber whip and injuring him with it.

She was charged with:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Recklessly causing injury
  • Criminal damage

We represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court. We negotiated for several of the charges to be withdrawn and the summary amended.

The client was convicted and fined $750 on all charges, an unusually lenient result for a residential burglary and charges arising out of a domestic dispute where injuries were caused.

The Magistrate accepted there was a history of violence in the relationship, of which our client had been the victim and that this was unusual behaviour for her. The Magistrate also accepted that these were ‘offences against the family unit’ rather than anything else.


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