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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