A Launceston man who had an argument with a woman, got drunk and threw a chair at her was spared a conviction when he faced Launceston Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Kristian John Gatfield, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of common assault which took place in the early hours of February 27 this year.
Police prosecutor Paul Turner said Gatfield and the woman had an argument the night before the offending behaviour occurred.
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Gatfield left the residence the pair were at and returned affected by alcohol several hours later, Mr Turner said.
The woman woke to Gatfield yelling from a lounge room and she walked in to switch the television off.
Gatfield then picked up the chair and threw it at the woman.
The chair never hit the woman, but Gatfield called her a bitch after he threw the furniture.
Police were called by the woman, who supported Gatfield during his court appearance.
Gatfield admitted he was intoxicated and had become abusive.
His lawyer Alexander Wells said chair-throwing was a byproduct of misuse of alcohol.
Mr Wells said Gatfield had sought professional help to deal with alcohol problems and to learn to use more legal coping mechanisms.
"Since the offending Mr Gatfield has remained sober," Mr Wells said.
Magistrate Ken Stanton recorded no conviction against Gatfield and adjourned the case for 12 months on the condition that Gatfield be of good behaviour.