Man threatened wife, court told

SWEARING at and threatening his estranged wife earned a man the scorn of Magistrate Robyn Denes in Lismore Local Court on Monday.

She said Kevin William Newman's abusive behaviour was ‘disgusting', especially as it came while his wife was experiencing a difficult pregnancy and during the death of her grandmother.

Newman, 24, of Casino, had separated from his wife in January. They had been together for two-and-a-half years and had married in April 2009. They had a son, aged 22 months.

Newman became bitter over disagreements about seeing his son, and began calling his wife at all hours and sending her texts that increased in nastiness.

There were threats to hurt the woman and the unborn baby, the court was told.

About the time of her grandmother's death Newman had texted his wife to say: “I was hoping you were going to tell me the baby had died, so we could have had a party.”

“That was very supportive of you,” Ms Denes said

His obscene language and ideas were ‘appalling', she said.

“How can you think you have the right to speak to anyone like that?” Ms Denes asked.

The level of anger expressed would do him no favours in getting access to his children, she said.

Defence lawyer David Hunter said Newman and his wife had a legal aid conference in June and agreed on a parenting plan.

Newman had been granted time to spend with his children and had treated his wife respectfully since then, Mr Hunter said.

“He has learnt his lesson and is addressing his anger issues through a program in Casino,” he said.

Newman was convicted of using a mobile phone to menace and harass, but sentence was deferred.

He was released after putting up $1000 security against good behav-iour for 18 months.

“If you breach this I get to re-sentence you,” Ms Denes warned.

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