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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

A man who described himself and former partner as “damaged goods” appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 10 May after breaching an intervention order between the two.
The accused, who the Moorabool News has chosen not to identify in order to protect the victim, was served a final intervention order on his former partner November 2 of last year.
It was alleged the accused told his former partner that the intervention order was no longer, before arranging to meet with her.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court the accused contacted his former partner via text message on January 28 of this year to ask her to take him to Geelong, to which she eventually agreed.
Schoemaker said that upon the accused entering the vehicle, a verbal argument occurred, and the victim refused to go through with taking him to Geelong.
“I thought she would be civil,” the accused told the court. “We’re both damaged goods and we had a drug habit together.”
Magistrate Raleigh convicted and fined the accused $500, telling him he needs to “stay away from her [the victim]”.