Man who hit his pregnant wife after she refused to have an abortion escapes conviction ‘because he’d lose his visa and job’.

A Melbourne man who hit his pregnant wife after she refused his demands to have an abortion has been spared conviction, reports Daily Mail.

The 31-year-old, from Brunswick, allegedly hit his wife of three years, three times the morning after she announced she was pregnant with their first child. He demanded she have an abortion.

The man, who cannot be named, had pleaded to the Melbourne Magistrates Court to be spared conviction because he could lose his visa and his job.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt acknowledged a conviction would carry a greater burden for him than other members of the community, given his migration status and job prospects.

He handed the man a one-year good behaviour bond and ordered him to continue behaviour change counselling.

He also fined him $1000 without conviction on the assault related charges.

‘Since this matter was last before the court you’ve done what you were required to, to better manage your behaviour toward your former partner and hopefully other members of the community,’ Mr Kledstadt said.

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  • what about the rights of the mother of his unborn child? what a ridiculous sentence! who cares what his circumstances are, sentence him in the name of justice! this is also putting aussies at risk of his behaviour


  • Why should he receive a lesser conviction just because of his visa and immigration status. If you ask me he should be deported and sent back home. A person who lived there wouldn’t have received such a cushy judgement. I hope the Mother and child are okay


  • I don’t think the reasons for giving him a lighter sentence were good enough. He should have been handed a harsher sentence.


  • I don’t think “it would be hard on him” is a valid reason for reducing his sentence.


  • Yes this is a rather light sentence, but sometimes these type of sentences have a more positive effect on the behaviour. I like it when the magistrate can think outside the box and judge with compassion.


  • My oath he got away scot free. What a dog, hitting his wife not once, but three times. He endangered her life but more importantly that of their unborn child. What a creep who is only fuelled by murder in his heart and a total and serious lack of care for his fellow human. If I were her I wouldn’t be spending life with him, I’d be gone leaving only a cloud of dust behind me.


  • If he’s not an Australian citizen deport him. At least the expectant Mum will be safe and can make a fresh start in life. Only problem for her is she may not get Govt. support at all. I know an older couple who have been here for a number of years who don’t know why they were refused citizenship, they spoke English before they migrated (they won’t tell them why they refuse citiaenship- )their neighbours even went with them to one interview) have paid taxes here, including on the interest on the money they brought here, but get no Medicare rebates at all on their few medical expenses (mainly just checkups like blood pressure as one has fluctations in levels). They have now decided to return to their country of birth, taking their money with them.


  • So sickening that this pathetic excuse for violence was accepted by a judge
    So does every man with a visa now have free range to bash their partners & just get away with it


  • Yes he did get off lightly,hope the woman is no longer with him.


  • It should be attempted murder or murder


  • Absolutely disgusting! So what if he loses his job and visa, good riddance. This is only reinforcing the message that it’s ok when it is bloody well not! Makes my blood boil


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