Toowoomba Courthouse
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Toowoomba man loses it after finding naked man in ex's bed

A TOOWOOMBA man had "overreacted" after finding a naked man in his fiance's bed, the city's Magistrates Court has been told.

The couple had been together more than seven years and had two children but separated last year before their planned wedding in September, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

However, though the 31-year-old man had moved out of the home, he had kept in regular contact with the family, in particular with the children, the court heard.

His solicitor Chelsea Saldumbides told the court her client had hoped to reconcile with the woman.

On the morning of August 19 last year, he had been visiting with the children and suspected his ex-partner had been seeing someone, the court heard.

He had asked the woman if there was someone in the main bedroom, to which she had replied "mind your own f***ing business", prompting the man to walk into the bedroom where he found a naked man between the sheets.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton said the defendant had then punched the victim a number of times to the head.

He had then argued with his ex-partner before leaving.

Initially charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, which police withdrew in court, the man pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of common assault - domestic violence offence.

Because it was a domestic violence offence, no names have been included in this report.

Ms Saldumbides said her client had no previous convictions at all and that this incident was out of character for him.

He had since relocated to Brisbane and was employed, she said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the defendant's reaction was understandable in the circumstances but that he had overreacted.

"It's difficult to imagine a more provocative act by your partner," Mr Carroll told the man.

"I'm satisfied there are extenuating circumstances."

Without recording a conviction, Mr Carroll placed the man on a six-month good behaviour bond.
 



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