A MAN broke his partner's wrist after she tried to call 000 for help, a court has been told.
The 40-year-old man appeared at the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to charges including wilful damage and recklessly causing injury.
The court heard on July 23, 2018, the woman and man were arguing after the woman confronted the man about talking to another woman.
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The couple were sitting in a gazebo in the woman's backyard when he pushed her over the gazebo rail.
She fell to the ground and got up, moving inside to call 000. But the man grabbed her phone and snapped it.
He then grabbed the woman and pushed her onto the floor.
She got up again and ran to the front door but the man pushed her again, causing her to brace herself with her hands as she fell to the floor.
The woman started crying at her likely broken wrist and asked him to bring her to the hospital.
Scans later showed the woman fractured her wrist, which required surgery.
The court heard on October 19 last year, the couple were again sitting outside arguing in the gazebo.
The woman swore at the man and he threw the contents of his cider on her.
The woman approached him and the man grabbed her, throwing her onto the ground and causing the woman's toe to split open.
The woman's young daughter witnessed the incident.
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The woman called 000 crying and police attended to issue a family violence safety notice.
Defence lawyer Rebecca Healy told the court her client was a 40-year-old man with no prior convictions.
She said he had voluntarily engaged with a men's behaviour change program since the offending.
Ms Healy submitted a community corrections order would be within range for the offending.
She submitted the man should not be convicted because it could affect his future job prospects.
Magistrate Patrick Southey told the court the offending was serious and could almost warrant a term of imprisonment.
But Mr Southey said he wouldn't jail the man because of his limited criminal history.
"Some in the community would say he should go to jail," he said. "I believe he deserves one chance but he has to be convicted."
Mr Southey indicated he would convict and sentence the man to an 18-month community corrections order with a $1500 fine.
The man will be assessed for the corrections order and return to court on Wednesday.
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