IN COURT: A man lashed out while on the phone to his ex-partner.
IN COURT: A man lashed out while on the phone to his ex-partner. Geoff Potter

No contact with kids fuels outburst

WHEN a phone conversation turned sour with his ex-partner, a Kingaroy man punched a hole in the bathroom door and lounge room wall of the home the rents with his mother.

While his mother was not injured during the incident at their Kingaroy home at 10pm on June 10, the man faced Kingaroy Magistrates Court charged with contravening a domestic violence order against her.

Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said not seeing his children for several months after his ex-partner moved away was the driving force behind his anger.

The man, who is in the process of getting a mental health plan, paid $200 to his mother to repair the damage, which has since been fixed.

Magistrate Louisa Pink acknowledged that while the anger was not focused at his mother she suffered by being exposed to it.

The man committed the offence while on a suspended sentence of three months' imprisonment for which the 15-month operational period was extended by four months.

The man was convicted and fined $500.