Man guilty of assaulting ex
IT was a bizarre way to recover an outstanding $3000 debt and in the end it only got Borislav Pandurevic arrested.
The 40-year-old from Western Sydney appeared in Lismore Local Court this week where he pleaded guilty to common assault for cutting off his ex-girlfriend's hair.
He also pleaded guilty to stalk or intimidate to cause fear of physical or mental harm.
The court heard Pandurevic drove to his ex-girlfriend's house on the Gold Coast on April 9.
The victim got into Padurevic's car before he said he was driving them both to Sydney.
Pandurevic pulled over on the Pacific Hwy at Chinderah where he pulled the victim across his body and cut her hair from her scalp, court documents state.
The accused continued driving before pulling over a second time and cutting the victim's hair again.
He forced his ex-partner to clean the hair out of his car before he dropped her back near her home.
Pandurevic's ex-partner sobbed in the public gallery of Lismore Local Court on Tuesday as the event was recounted.
Defence lawyer Cameron Bell said it was one of the most bizarre forms of common assault he had come across in his 20 years.
The court heard that the accused, who is from Bosnia, had been financially providing for his family in Australia and overseas ever since they lost everything in the Bosnian War in the early 1990s.
Pandurevic got himself into debt because of what he had done for other people, Mr Bell said.
It was not disclosed to the court why the victim owed Pandurevic $3000.
Magistrate Jeff Linden found the actions "quite sick".
"In an era gone by, (the cutting of someone's hair) was a message to shame and notify...the public that the person shamed had committed an offence," he said.
He placed Pandurevic on a good behaviour bond for 18 months and issued an AVO.