"Silly" butter argument led to violence

AN ARGUMENT over a lack of butter got so out of control that a 23-year-old Bundaberg man attempted to punch his partner in the face before picking up a knife and threatening to burn down their home.

The man pleaded guilty to contravening a domestic violence order on March 21 following an incident at the home he shared with his partner, their 18-month-old child and his partner's 13-year-old son.

Bundaberg Police prosecutor Barry Stevens told Bundaberg Magistrates Court today police were called to the property about 7.15am and found him out front of the house, where he told officers a verbal argument had occurred.

"After talking to the aggrieved she told officers that the accused had attempted to punch her in the face with a closed fist but she managed to raise her hand and protect her face," he said.

"She said the accused had then picked up a fan and thrown it."

Sgt Stevens said the victim told police the man went into the kitchen and picked up a knife.

"After picking up the knife he was confronted by another occupant of the house before he left the address," he said.

Sgt Stevens said the defendant was taken to the watchhouse before being released on bail.

"Almost immediately after being released the defendant returned to the address and again started to push and threaten the aggrieved," Sgt Stevens said.

Police responded to a further call at the address and later arrested the young father.

"He told police he had returned to the address to pick up some things," Sgt Stevens said.

Sgt Stevens said the defendant had again argued with the aggrieved before he picked up a rubber mallet and threatened to "smash" her with it.

"The defendant returned to the kitchen to look for knives but luckily the aggrieved had hidden them so the defendant threatened to burn down the house."

Magistrate Deb Vasta sentenced the man to 18 months' probation and ordered him to seek help to address his anger issues for the sake of his partner, children and himself.

"Kids who witness domestic violence grow differently - they have smaller brains and their lives are more difficult," she said.

"You fought over food and something as silly as butter.

"But I've taken into account your age and that the incident seems to be out of character and I believe you can benefit from rehabilitation."

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