Magistrate Shows Concern for Family Violence

This story is written for intended publication in the Latrobe Valley Express on October 7, 2015. 

A 24-year-old man from Moe was sentenced to three months in jail and 50 hours of community service at the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday.

Andrew Maynard was arrested in September and charged with two counts of breaching a restraining order and one count of trafficking methamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Defence lawyer Mr Hager told the court of Maynard’s young age, difficult upbringing and disadvantaged background during the case.

Magistrate Franz Holzer said the sentence given emphasised the importance of preventing family violence.

“You have got to understand the impacts of family violence,” he said.

“I need to emphasise you can’t breach the restraining order.”

Maynard has two sons with his ex-partner aged two and four years.

He was prohibited from being within 200 metres of their home and five metres from his ex-partner under the restraining order.

Maynard visited his son’s Moe home in March after a written agreement was made with his ex-partner.

But police were called to the home after a fight broke out between Maynard and his ex-partner’s brother.

He breached the restraining order again when he stayed on a houseboat with his ex-partner and four-year-old son in August.

Part of the three month jail sentence included charges on supplying illegal substances.

Maynard supplied methamphetamine to a Moe man in exchange for an iPhone in February.

He put two thumbs up and smiled at his mother as he was taken out of the court.

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