50 domestic violence cases in Gladstone court
A WAVE of domestic violence cases including assaults have swamped staff and police prosecutors at Gladstone Magistrates Court.
Fifty cases went before visiting magistrate Brian Kucks today, dozens were fresh matters in what was a far from festive overload from the jolly Christmas season.
The work volume needed three police prosecutors to coordinate, to talk to applicants who sought Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and those subject of the order.
The matters included nearly three dozen application orders along with police applying for urgent temporary protection orders.
There were also incidents of offenders who had allegedly contravened the protection orders, mostly by contacting their partners when ordered not to.
Some partners sought changes to their protection orders to allow contact which police then had to scrutinise on whether to oppose or not because of potential safety concerns or violence.
It can be frustrating for Gladstone police as in one case before the court this week in which a woman, despite a protection order, still allowed her former partner to stay over at the house.
He was then charged with a breach offence.
In another incident a woman who had been subjected to violence from her estranged partner then asked him to visit and help pack up their house, despite the court order prohibited any physical contact.
Although he was not violent he was still charged with breaching the protection order.