A Cessnock man has been found guilty of intimidating a woman while drinking with friends five days after his discharge from a detoxification unit.
Benjamin Stephen Lewis, of Maitland Road, was drinking with friends at his former Weston home on February 11 when his ex-girlfriend and her friend entered the property uninvited.
During a part-heard hearing yesterday, the court was told Lewis’ former partner became angry at seeing him drinking so soon after being discharged from detox.
Witnesses told the court the woman was hitting Lewis as he tried to remove her from the house.
The woman and her friend told the court Lewis threw a table at them and missed, but Lewis said he tripped over the table, moving it.
The woman alleged Lewis pushed her on the front verandah during an argument.
But he said he had used his arm to move her to the side.
The prosecution alleged Lewis called the woman’s friend a dirty whore and slut and threatened: “I know where you live.”
Lewis said he did not remember using abusive language, but said it was possible.
Magistrate Darryl Pearce said it was a difficult situation because Lewis was in his own home at the time, attempting to remove the women, who were there uninvited.
Mr Pearce dismissed the assault charge on Lewis’ former partner but found Lewis guilty of intimidation of the second woman.
He was ordered to be on good behaviour for 12 months and to participate in alcohol and anger
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