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Man told to give up grog after New Year's Eve police assault

A MAN who yelled abusive names at his pregnant partner and assaulted a police officer while bringing in the New Year has been told to give up alcohol.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday to breaching a domestic violence order, assaulting police and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris told the court the man was drunk and smelt of liquor when officers arrived at the Pialba home about 11.30pm on December 31.

The man's partner, who was three months pregnant at the time, told the officers the pair had gotten into an argument about money.

The court heard she told officers the man then began called out names such as slut and other derogatory terms.

Sen Const Jeanette Grigoris said the man ignored officer's directions not to walk away from them.

She said he then became extremely aggressive and violent when officers told him he was under arrest for breaching the domestic violence order.

Sen Const Grigoris said he deliberately kicked out at one of the officers attempting to restrain him, hitting his knee.

The officer received bruising.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said the 26-year-old remained with his partner, who is about to have their second child, and was a carer for his mother.

She said he was also partly responsible for the care of two children from his partner's previous relationship.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told the man for his own sake to give up alcohol consumption.

"Forget about the alcohol altogether," he said.

The man was fined $800 for all three offences.

Topics:  assault domestic violence hervey bay new year's eve police



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