Recklessly Cause Injury & Other Charges – Charges Withdrawn and Guilty Plea

The client was celebrating his 21st birthday and had been drinking heavily. He had left his party and was being driven home when a verbal argument ensued with his good friend (female), at which point the accused grabbed the female’s mobile telephone and threw it, damaging the screen.

The driver of the car pulled over and the client and the female got out of the vehicle and continued arguing. In response to being called a “slut” and a “whore” the female threw her shoes at the client’s head; the accused pushed the female before removing himself from the situation and going home.

Our client was charged with:

We acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecution withdrew the charges of recklessly causing injury, wilful damage and use insulting words and the client pleaded guilty to the remaining three charges.

The client voluntarily undertook counselling in relation to his alcohol use, which was ongoing at the time he was sentenced. He remained friends with the female, and she accompanied him to Court to support him.

The client was still very young at the time of sentencing and had no prior Court appearances or convictions. He was working two jobs.

It was submitted that given his young age and lack of priors, the recording of a conviction would have a serious impact on his future employment and travel prospects.

He was placed, without conviction, on a 12 month good behaviour bond, with a condition that he continue counselling.


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