A Bonny Hills man who tried to drag his then partner from a car causing her to have stitches in a wound has fronted Port Macquarie Local Court.
Magistrate Georgina Darcy also told Jaxsen Miller, 19, of Woods Place that he should seek assistance to resolve any anger issues.
Miller appeared in court on Thursday October 29.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. That decision also led to a dressing down from the magistrate.
"I note that Mr Miller had pleaded not guilty to these charges which meant that the victim had to come to court and relive this serious incident," she said in her sentencing remarks.
Miller was represented by Tas Tasdemir from Tasdemir Lawyers, who told the court his client's offending could have been associated with his brother's passing in 2017.
Magistrate Darcy said the offences against the victim caused "quite a serious injury".
"The victim required some stitches," the magistrate said.
"There is nothing in the reports before the court that suggests there is a problem with alcohol or drugs. Is this a case of having some anger issues.
"You tried to drag the victim out of the car. It was quite a serious matter.
"Although I do note there was some remorse shown in that text message sent (to the victim)."
The magistrate described the offences as "quite serious" noting that it was a "particularly reckless event".
"The injury the victim received being dragged from the car was significant," the magistrate said.
"The victim received bruising, grazes and stitches to her head.
"You are a young man but appear to have some serious issues in your life including the loss of your brother.
"But I cannot condone this behaviour particularly to someone that you where, at one point, in a loving relationship.
"You have to do something about this level of anger - you said if the victim did not get out of the car you would go "psycho".
"You seem to have some control issues with the victim and you tried to exercise some control or power over this person.
"You do not have power or control over anyone," the magistrate said.
"I would suggest that you seek help to resolve these anger issues."
Magistrate Darcy ordered Miller to serve a community corrections order for two years on both charges, adding a further 100 hours of community service.
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