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No show is almost contempt of court

AN INCIDENT involving a man watching an inappropriate movie with his partner's young daughter present has resulted in a fine and a suspended prison sentence.

In a string of domestic violence cases to come before Proserpine Magistrate's Court on Monday, the 27-year-old man was charged with contravention of a domestic violence order and failure to appear.

The man had already missed several court dates and it earned the wrath of Magistrate Simon Young.

"In my view he has shown contempt of the court process," Mr Young said.

"It has taken months to even get him to court for these matters. He hasn't taken his own actions into account."

When the man finally fronted court on Monday morning there was already a warrant out for his arrest for a previous charge of failing to appear.

The court heard the man also had matters in four different jurisdictions.

The domestic violence incident occurred on December 9 in Cannonvale at around 7pm when an argument broke out between the man and his partner after she noticed he was watching a movie on television that was "inappropriate" with her daughter present.

An argument ensued with the man calling his partner a "schizophrenic", "bad mother" and "fool".

Police prosecutor Kevin Cormont said the woman felt threatened, locking herself and her daughter in another room.

She later left the room but the man continued the argument and called her a "whore". As the woman and her daughter were leaving the premises, the argument continued out on the street.

In handing down his sentence Mr Young acknowledged the incident itself was at the "lower end of the range" for domestic violence but said "you can't justify domestic violence in any way, shape or form".

The man was sentenced to one month imprisonment, wholly suspended for three months and a $500 fine.

He also had a matter referred back to Townsville Supreme Court.

"I hope that persuades you to make it the last time you are even late to court, let alone fail to appear in court," Mr Young said.


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