Buying into an argument leads Warrnambool man to fourth assault-related court appearance 

A WARRNAMBOOL man who had previously appeared in court three times for assaults has been fined $500 for another.

Adam Parker, 34, of Bolden Avenue, yesterday pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault. The court heard that on December 5 last year at 2pm the victim drove his vehicle into the driveway of his former partner’s home to drop off his daughter.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said the victim and his ex-partner began arguing before Parker also joined the dispute.

Parker threw punches at the victim as he ran down the driveway. Some of the punches were blocked and some missed. The court heard the victim also punched back in self defence.

Parker followed the victim onto the nature strip but he was able to get back to his car. The victim suffered no visible injuries.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said he hoped Parker’s three days in custody would serve as a wake-up call.

He said regrettably when relationships ended and there were disputes about children, it was the third party who got involved.

He said his advice to Parker was to butt out, otherwise it would end in tears.

Mr Coghlan said Parker had now racked up four court appearances for assaults and he warned him about appearing before the court again.

Defence counsel Matt Senia said it was an unfortunate incident and both men had behaved appallingly.

He said Parker was not working at the moment but did have a solid work history.

The court heard Parker had a history which included appearances for unlawful assault and recklessly causing injury.

Parker was fined $500 and a six-month intervention order was taken out on behalf of the victim.

The intervention order was consented to by Parker without admissions.

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