Family Violence – Good Behaviour Bond Without Conviction
The allegation was that he shook his girlfriend and then threw her back onto the bed with such force that she landed on the window sill and had significant bruising to her eye. Images of the bruising were tendered to the court. The incident was considered family violence.
Our client had been in a relationship with his partner for a period of 8 months and they had moved in together. There were significant trust issues between the pair. The argument began as a verbal dispute on the day of the incident however as emotions heightened, the dispute escalated into a physical altercation.
Dee Giannopoulos represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
We advised our client to obtain a significant amount of character references that spoke to his good character. These references, including at least 5 from females who knew him well, were tendered to the Court.
His Honour ultimately proceeded to sentence our client to a six-month good behaviour bond without conviction. This is an extremely good penalty for a matter categorised as family violence where injuries were sustained.
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