Argument leads to broken arm

A VOLATILE domestic dispute has left a Tinana woman with a broken arm and the man accused of assaulting her facing Maryborough Magistrates Court.

David Michael Barker, 54, was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after an incident at a Tinana home on July 26.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said the woman fell down during an argument, breaking her arm when she hit the floor.

“He then sat on her and yelled at her, with his fists clenched, and said ‘if you’re going to call police I might as well make it worth your while’,” Sgt Quirk said.

Magistrate John Smith said he was considering remanding Barker in custody until his sentence date.

Defence solicitor Travis George applied for bail and said Barker intended to plead guilty to the charge.

Mr George said Barker was on a disability support pension and had minimal criminal history for a man of his age.

He said both parties were in an emotional state at the time of the assault, but Barker was no longer in contact with the woman.

Mr Smith released Barker on bail, with the conditions that he not have any contact with the victim.

Barker is expected to be sentenced on September 6.



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