A MAGISTRATE yesterday slammed the actions of a Ballarat man who assaulted his partner, describing the assault as “unmanly”.
Geoffrey Horne, 39, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to charges including assault and criminal damage.
Magistrate Peter Mithen initially denounced violence against women as a whole, before criticising Horne’s behaviour.
“Family violence is not a courageous thing to do,” Mr Mithen told Horne.
“It’s unmanly and it is not accepted by the community. It’s as simple as that.”
The court heard Horne, who was also in breach of an intervention order for the second time, pushed past his partner on July 1 this year, forcing her into a table.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Kent said Horne’s partner was left with a red rash and markings on her side.
Senior Constable Kent said Horne then grabbed a chair and threw it through a wall of the house.
Representing himself, Horne struggled to explain the offending to the magistrate.
“If we ever get in an argument, I walk out the door,” Horne said.
Convicting Horne and fining him $750, Mr Mithen said women had a right to feel safe in their own home.