Ex-carpenter dubbed ‘weak man’ for tackling woman to ground

A WOMAN was tackled to the ground by her former partner after they started arguing about the cooking for her daughter's birthday party.

Andrew Neil Venn and his former partner were arguing in August, so she walked around the property because she didn't want to argue in front of the children.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Proserpine Magistrates Court Venn followed the woman and they decided to sit in Venn's car to talk about the disagreement.

Sen-Constable Rowe said they argued inside the car, then after a while, when they were both back in the house, he continued to belittle her.

 

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They again left the house and the woman asked the Cannonvale man to leave her alone.

The court heard Venn then spoke to a person who lived in a granny flat on the property, saying "Look, isn't she mental? I just want to talk to her".

The woman told Venn she was recording him, so he went to take the phone from her hand, lunged forward and tackled her to the ground bruising her upper thighs.

The court heard he held her arms and wrists, preventing her from escaping.

Venn pleaded guilty to one count each of common assault and breaching bail.

Lawyer Elizabeth Smith, for Venn, said he followed her outside because they did not want to argue in front of the children.

Proserpine Magistrates Court. Photo: File
Proserpine Magistrates Court. Photo: File

Ms Smith said Venn was worried because she was agitated and was pulling her back because he was worried she was going to go into the house.

"It was a very short scuffle," Ms Smith said.

Ms Smith said Venn used to be a carpenter but was now on a disability support pension as he had back pain because of arthritis and previously had throat cancer.

Ms Smith said the 47-year-old Cannonvale man did not injure the woman.

Magistrate James Morton condemned Venn's behaviour.

"You're a weak man. You've taken this too far," Mr Morton said.

"Crash tackling this woman is just disgraceful."

Venn was fined $700 and convictions were not recorded.


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