Phone rings up trouble at home for Mepunga man

A TROUBLED and toxic relationship saw a Mepunga man convicted and fined $2000.

Rhys Trevor Coleman, 21, of Boyles Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, breaching an intervention order and careless driving.

Police alleged that Coleman was in a relationship with his partner for two years when she was granted an intervention order in September.

In February, Coleman and the victim argued about a phone that she had on silent, but which he wanted her to leave on audio.

They scuffled and the woman was left with a sore jaw and scratches.

On March 23, they argued after she asked Coleman to move his car so she could go out. She answered her phone but he put her in a bear hug and told her it would be in her best interests to hang up.

She broke free and ran to the police station.

On March 27, Coleman read messages between the woman and another man.

He yelled at the woman and called her names. She drove off and he followed in his vehicle.

Defence counsel Kiernan Celestina said it was a poisonous relationship with both Coleman and the woman worried about infidelity. The relationship has now ended.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Coleman had attempted to control the woman’s behaviour and arguing about whether a phone was turned up or on silent was bizarre.

He said it was clear the relationship was toxic and involved controlling and abusive behaviour which breached the intervention order.

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