Nurse cops fine for punching, scratching partner

A TORQUAY nurse has been given a fine for punching and scratching her partner's face during an argument at her home in February this year.   The 28-year-old, who the Chronicle has not named to protect her partner, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to breaching a domestic violence order, and was given a $750 fine.   In Court on Monday, police prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said the woman had hit her partner after she asked him to leave the house and he kicked her door in.   "There are two sides to every story," Sgt Bushell said.   "But at the end of the day it's her responsibility to walk away."   As the woman pleaded guilty, she asked the magistrate not to record her conviction, as she needed a Blue Card for work, and it would be taken away from her if the offence went on her record.   She said when the incident occurred in February, she had not been on medication to help with a mental health issue she lived with.   "I have gone back on medication and received mental health help," the woman said.   "I am a nurse, and my hope is for no conviction because I need my Blue Card."   Magistrate GraemeTatnell decided not to record a conviction, because it was the woman's first appearance in the magistrate's court.   Mr Tatnell said she was "very lucky".   "Domestic violence is a very serious offence," Mr Tatnell said.  


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