A George Town man slapped his heavily pregnant partner, with who he had a no-contact order, in the face during an argument causing her to go reeling back into her seat, the Launceston Magistrates Court has heard.
Glenn William Barnard, 39, pleaded guilty to a range of family violence offences in front of Magistrate Simon Brown, including the circumstances of the slap.
The court heard the incident happened about a year after Barnard was arrested for swinging a tyre lever at a police officer in an attempt to avoid apprehension for his involvement in a case of stealing motor vehicle parts, an incident he was subsequently found guilty of.
The slap and breaches of family violence non-contact orders occurred when Barnard was on bail for swinging the tyre iron.
The court heard, three months before the slap, Barnard had breached the same order when he played pokies with the woman, and when he contacted her with concern for her welfare after she was missing for two to three days.
Defence counsel Patrick O'Halloran told the court Barnard was "helping out" his former partner when she was pregnant because she "had nowhere else to live".
Barnard had a number of his other prior convictions listed in the court which detailed how he had breached a community corrections order by not attending educational family violence intervention programs on several occasions.
Mr O'Halloran said he understood it was possible his client could face an immediate prison term.
Mr Brown said he needed time to read and think about what that sentence might be and adjourned for sentencing until December 7.
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