A MAN who shoved his ex-wife to the floor because he believed she was having an affair with their 15-year-old daughter’s boyfriend was convicted in Mandurah Magistrates Court yesterday.
The man pleaded guilty to common assault in circumstances of aggravation and damaging property.
Police said the male was at home at the time of the incident last year, and he was agitated and speech slurred as he had told his ex-wife he was at the tavern.
He left the address and police said he came back an hour later where he stood in his ex-wife’s bedroom doorway, then went to stand over her as she was sitting on the bed and lifted his right hand in a clenched fist.
Police said his ex-wife moved away across the bed, and his daughter tried to intervene.
His ex-wife tried to flee and police said he stood on her foot.
Police said the ex-wife then went to the kitchen, gathered a few of the male’s belongings, picked up his bag and slid it down the hallway.
Police said the man ran towards his ex-wife shouting, and then shoved her causing her to hit the corner of the wall with her right arm and fall to the ground.
Police said he then punched the hallway door in anger causing damage to the door.
The man, who represented himself, said when he returned home from jail his stuff was gone and his ex-wife neglected to tell him.
In relation to the charges, he said his ex-wife came at him with a knife and “is playing a game with my daughter’s boyfriend,” the man said.
Magistrate Anne Longden said “your anger is about your belief your partner is having an affair with your 15-year-old daughter’s boyfriend”.
Magistrate Longden said the accused accepted the charges at the earliest opportunity.
“However, you shoved your ex-partner and you pleaded guilty to assault,” she said.
She said she was not going to place him on an order as a fine would take the serious facts into account.
She fined him $200.