Man breaks woman's arm

AN ARGUMENT about finances which took place over the kitchen sink has left one Maryborough man in hot water.

David Michael Barker ended up breaking a woman’s arm after she asked him to help with the washing up on July 26.

The situation was far from domestic bliss at the home on High Street, Tinana.

Barker, 53, and the female victim started arguing over a financial agreement and the altercation escalated into violence.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord told Maryborough Magistrates Court Barker grabbed the woman and threw her to the ground.

The victim landed on her arm and felt immediate pain – doctors at Maryborough Base Hospital later confirmed her left arm was broken.

Once she was on the ground, Barker sat on top of the victim before threatening to hit the woman.

The woman’s children ran to neighbours to call for help and the police and paramedics arrived soon after.

Barker pleaded guilty in court to assault occasioning bodily harm.

His only explanation for his actions was that the woman had not kept “her side of the bargain” when it came to their financial agreement.

“I did not throw her to the ground,” he said.

“I shouted at her and I grabbed her.

“She tried to escape my grasp and we fell to the floor.”

Magistrate John Smith said Barker’s actions were “totally unacceptable”.

Barker was sentenced to six months in jail with the whole term suspended for an operational period of two years.

He was also ordered to pay $1500 compensation to his female victim.



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