Dad ‘punched’ breastfeeding mum, Bendigo court hears

A MAN threatened to cut off his younger brother’s finger and assaulted his girlfriend while she was breastfeeding, a Bendigo court heard this week.

The 19-year-old appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a long list of charges, including breaching a family violence order and recklessly causing injury. The court heard the man and his girlfriend had been in a relationship for two years but an intervention order had been issued on September 14 last year.

The pair began living together in December, in breach of the intervention order.

Prosecuting, Leading Senior Constable Lindsay Riley said the man began to verbally abuse his girlfriend on January 19.

“The accused woke up and punched the bedroom wall because the protected person was not in bed with him,” he said.

“He began to verbally abuse her while she was breastfeeding their 10-month- old and then he’s got up and punched her several times to the head with clenched fists.”

The man also threw a plastic chair at her and punched her two or three times in the ribs.

“A short time later he left, she’s called triple-0 and he was arrested and interviewed,” Leading Senior Constable Riley said.

After being released from police custody the man stole his girlfriend’s car.

“Police attempted to intercept and he’s failed to pull over,” Leading Senior Constable Riley said.

“Police called a pursuit which was terminated when the accused turned onto a dirt road.”

On May 13 the man had an argument with his younger brother and threatened to cut off his finger.

“The accused has left the address and as he’s left he’s smashed a vehicle window belonging to another person,” Leading Senior Constable Riley said.

“Triple-0 has been called and the accused was located in White Hills hiding behind a bus stop.”

The court heard the man had been a victim of violence himself and had a drug problem.

The case was adjourned until September 25, pending a youth justice assessment.

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