Man throws wife out of window
TOLD by his wife to get out of bed and help her, an argumentative Colin Houston picked her up and carried her toward an open upstairs bedroom window at their Casino home, saying ‘lets see if you can fly’ before the pair fell to the ground.
Houston, 46, pleaded guilty in Casino Local Court yesterday to assaulting his wife at 8am on February 9.
Defence lawyer David Imlah said the couple had been married 23 years and the wife was getting six of their children ready for school when the assault took place.
Mr Imlah said his client’s wife wanted her husband to drive the children to school because it was raining but he refused because the car was unregistered.
When he told the court that his client’s wife had grabbed her husband by his testicles, magistrate Michael Dakin quickly replied, ‘I would have too if he tried to throw me out the window’.
Mr Imlah said a bond would be an appropriate penalty.
Following objections by Mr Dakin and prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen, Mr Imlah withdrew his assertion that Houston’s wife had thrown a cup of coffee at her husband.
Agreed police facts before the court state that when the wife asked for her husband’s help he had replied from his bed that if she wanted ‘to be a single mother then do it your f…ing self’.
Houston then picked her up saying ‘lets see if you can fly, let’s go out the window’.
As she tried to get out of his grip she had grabbed at his shirt and then fell to the ground with her husband also falling.
On the ground Houston placed his knee on her throat and his wife grabbed his genitalia to break free.
Mr Dakin said it was ‘a cowardly sequence of events,’ with domestic violence not to be tolerated.
He convicted Houston and fined him $500.
The magistrate placed Houston on a two-year good behaviour bond under the supervision of Probation and Parole Services.
He was also ordered to undertake alcohol and anger management counselling.