Man guilty of assault, domestic violence

A LAUNCESTON man who threw a fatal coward's punch in 2003 was yesterday reprimanded for domestic violence.

Wade Kurt Silver, 32, of Canning Street, faced the Launceston Magistrates Court for sentencing.

He had previously pleaded guilty to eight breaches of a family violence order and two counts of common assault.

In October 2003, Silver was jailed for two years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He had punched a man in Invermay Road after the Launceston Cup in February 2003.

The victim fell and hit his head on the road, fracturing his skull and suffering a massive haemorrhage.

Yesterday, magistrate Simon Brown told Silver that while his situation had "much improved" in terms of his offending since 2003, family violence was a serious issue.

He convicted Silver, fined him $700, and ordered him to complete a 12-month probation order.

Mr Brown said the days of domestic violence being seen as "less morally blameworthy" were long gone.

He said it was "serious and insidious" offending which had ramifications beyond the physical assault.

"This series of January assaults are serious and unacceptable," Mr Brown told Silver.

"To behave that way to members of your family is completely unacceptable."