"She cheated" so he took his anger out on her car

THEY say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but sometimes a man scorned is nothing to mess with either.

When George Phillip Bernard believed his partner had cheated on him, he took his anger out on her car.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Bernard pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage.

Police prosecutor sergeant Matt Donnelly said the 19-year-old had demanded his partner drive him to his brother's house after he apparently learned of her infidelity.

The woman refused at first, but gave in to his request after he threatened to smash up her Goodna home.

During the car ride, Bernard continued to argue and shout at the woman, which provoked her into stopping the car on Redbank Plains Rd.

Bernard got out of the vehicle and began kicking the passenger side of the car, which caused it to dent.

He also damaged the bonnet of the car by hitting it.

Bernard entered the vehicle again and then kicked the passenger side mirror off the car.

The woman later reported the incident, which occurred on September 12, to Goodna police who later found Bernard at his brother's house.

When magistrate Donna McCallum asked Bernard if he had anything to say in his defence, his answer was simply "she cheated".

He said he damaged the car rather than direct his anger at his partner.

Ms McCallum said despite Bernard's rationalisation she couldn't condone his behaviour.

Bernard was convicted and fined $200 and ordered to pay $2820 restitution to fix the car.



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