A MAN who punched his defacto partner in the face in a drunken rage and claimed he couldn't remember the incident was handed an 18-month good-behaviour bond in Grafton Local Court on Monday.
Stephen Gaddes, 30, of Grafton, had been drinking at a barbecue lunch at Calliope on January 14 when his 27-year-old female partner went to purchase some more alcohol, police told the court.
Police said Gaddes began acting aggressively towards the woman when she returned and attempted to grab the car keys from her.
He then threw a can of Jim Beam at the woman which hit her in the back of the leg, the court heard.
Gaddes walked off and the woman caught up with him in the car about 20 minutes later, police said.
When in the car, Gaddes said: "You're gone, wait 'til we get home," police told the court.
Back at the Grafton residence Gaddes slapped the woman on both sides of the face, squeezed her face and throat using both hands and punched her in the face with a closed left fist, the court heard.
Police said the woman phoned the man's brother for help and when he arrived on the scene a short time later a fight took place between the two men.
The incident was reported to police by the woman but Gaddes could not be found and his brother refused to take legal action.
Gaddes handed himself in to police on January 15 and told them he could not recall assaulting his partner but vaguely remembered the scuffle with his brother.
Asked how intoxicated he was on a scale of 1 to 10, Gaddes told police: "20".
Elsewhere, a south Grafton man who claimed he had consumed two glasses of wine before driving without a licence was fined $1400 in Grafton Local Court on Tuesday.
Mervyn Bartlett, 62, of South Grafton, was pulled over by police at 8.40pm on September 16 last year in Mackay St, South Grafton, where he was breath-tested.
He showed a positive reading and ended up with a blood-alcohol content of 0.63.
Bartlett, who was convicted of low-range drink-driving and unlicensed driving in 2000, was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for six months for his latest drink-driving offence.
He was fined $400 for driving without a licence.