MARK Fryer threw a landline phone at his fiancee when they got into an argument at their Wodonga home.
The couple soon reconciled and now are about to head off on a big holiday together.
Magistrate Ian Watkins told Fryer in Wodonga Court yesterday he would have to enjoy his overseas trip minus $200.
That’s how much he ordered Fryer to pay the court fund after the 44-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawful assault, which his fiancee reported to police.
Mr Watkins accepted the incident was an isolated one, but said it did nothing to lessen the gravity of what happened.
He made particular mention of the impact their fight — at one stage Fryer’s fiancee threw a money tin at him — could have on their three-year-old daughter.
“You would well know that relationships always go through low points,” he said.
But Mr Watkins told Fryer he did not want his child “remembering in 10 or 20 years’ time that dad hit mum”.
In reply, Fryer said their daughter was not present when he threw the phone.
Mr Watkins said while that was the case, it did not mean the girl did not hear or otherwise know what was going on.
The impact on her could still be marked, he said, a point the court heard Fryer was aware of and for which he felt embarrassment.
Solicitor Tony McCaughey said Fryer was a man “of good character”.
Mr McCaughey said it was fair to say it could not be established just who threw an item at the other first, and in the end it probably didn’t matter.
“This is a relationship that’s not on the rocks, it’s just an unfortunate bump on the road,” he said, pointing out the pair mended their differences.
Mr McCaughey said his client accepted he had done wrong, demonstrated by his clear remorse and the fact he had foregone $400 in lost income as a truck driver by attending court yesterday.
Fryer was also placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, without conviction.