A Tongala man has been given a community corrections order after breaking into a Kyabram house and assaulting an occupant.RIAHN SMITH April 15, 2014 3:32am
A Tongala man who forced his way into a Kyabram home and attacked the occupant while a child was sleeping nearby was fuelled by a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol, a court has heard.
Kevin Hitchcock, of Everard Rd, pleaded guilty at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday to burglary, recklessly causing injury and breaching an intervention order.
The court heard the burglary charge was downgraded from aggravated burglary as part of a plea agreement.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kim Talbot told the court Hitchcock, 46, kicked his way through the front door of the home and stormed into the bedroom where the victim and his child were asleep.
Leading Sen Const Talbot said Hitchcock approached the victim’s bedside and began punching him to the face, causing scratches, bruising and swelling, as well as neck soreness.
She said the man also punched a hole in the bathroom wall.
The court heard the incident breached an intervention order between Hitchcock and the victim’s children.
Lawyer Adrian Ambrose told the court his client was a devoted father and carer for his ageing parents, who had previously been in a seven-year relationship with the children’s mother.
Mr Ambrose said Hitchcock had been affected by a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol and could not remember the incident.
He said the drugs had been prescribed for his client in 2010, but said Hitchcock had not used them in some time and on the night of the attack took a larger dose than was advised.
He argued while the incident was a disastrous episode, it was a one-off occurrence.
In sentencing Hitchcock, Magistrate Ian Watkins told him family violence was becoming endemic in the community and the excuse of alcohol and drug-affected was unacceptable.
‘‘You had an intervention order against you .
Mr Watkins sentenced Hitchcock to a 12-month community corrections order including 200 hours of unpaid community work.
He said the order would also require Hitchcock to complete drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon at the fish and chip shop.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.