ALBURY man Michael Robert Edgar gave his partner a bloodied nose and a swollen, closed eye after she had bitten and spat on him, a court heard yesterday.
It happened as they were driving along after an argument on June 8.
Edgar’s partner told police: “I tapped him on the left side of the face with my right hand just to tell him to stop his attitude.”
The response from Edgar was to hit her to the right side of the face, causing dizziness.
His partner then bit him on the left arm and later admitted she “snapped”.
Edgar stopped the car when she spat on his neck.
“If you don’t stop, I am going to hit you really hard,” Edgar said.
He began to drive and hit her to the left side of the face which caused her to again feel dizzy.
When Edgar stopped the car in Kaylock Road she opened the car door, stumbled out and yelled for help.
Police were notified and arrived a short time later to see the woman bleeding from the nose with her left eye bruised, raised and closed shut.
Edgar, 30, of Crisp Street, Albury, pleaded guilty in Albury Court to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Magistrate Tony Murray said the victim was lucky she was not charged as well.
Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said there was a level of provocation but Edgar had responded excessively.
Ms MacDonald said the victim is a mother of four.
“I regard spitting as a most despicable act,” Mr Murray said.
“Provocation is not a defence to a charge, but it is a matter that the court can take into consideration.”
Edgar was convicted and put on a 12-month bond with supervision.
Mr Murray warned him that if convicted in the next 12 months for another offence, he may be jailed.
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