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Jail for serious threats

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

A 50-year-old Bacchus Marsh man has been sentenced to three months behind bars after facing charges of unlawful assault, threatening to cause serious injury and contravention of an intervention order.
The accused, who the Moorabool News has chosen not to name to protect the victim, appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on February 15 before Magistrate Gregory Robinson.
It was alleged by the prosecution, Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker, that on December 21 of last year the accused verbally abused his partner after he began drinking at nine o’clock that morning.
Ms Schoemaker told the court the accused shouted at the victim, telling her he would “cut off [her] finger with the engagement ring on it and smash it with a hammer”.
When the victim then attempted to leave the premises, the accused spat in her face and kicked her, threatening her by saying “you don’t know what you have coming”.
The accused was arrested on December 22 and made admissions to arguing and threatening the victim, but that he “would never go through with them [the threats]”.
“This is pretty serious behaviour,” Magistrate Robinson said. “Your conduct is inexcusable.”
The accused was sentenced to three months jail having already served 56-days of his sentence.