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Abuse fuelled by alcohol


By Caitlin Bewley
(1st Year Swinburne Uni)

A “terrible case of domestic violence” saw a father staring down the barrel of a potential jail sentence.
Ashley Booker, a concreter from Hopetoun Park, was accused of assaulting his wife on June 1 this year after the court heard he spent time drinking at a friend’s house prior.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the Bacchus Marsh court on Friday 16 November, the accused’s wife went to pick up Booker from his friend’s house, returning home Booker was upset and intoxicated.
It was alleged the accused approached his wife, who went to sleep in their young daughter’s bed, and began yelling at her before punching a hole in the wall.
The accused then went on to punch his wife and spit on her, shouting abuse at her in front of their 10-year-old daughter.
The prosecutor told the court that when Booker was interviewed by police, he was remorseful and also said that it was a “pretty cowardly act”.
Magistrate Ron Saines said this was a terrible case of domestic violence.
“..and all for what reason? It only happened because [your wife] came around to get you from your mate’s house.
“Not everyone goes on to kill their partners, but those that do start out like you have,” he said.
Magistrate Saines believed “imprisonment would be counterproductive”, so instead convicted and fined Booker $1624.30, with a 12-month community corrections order.