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Man hit wife for refusing abortion: court

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A Melbourne man has been accused of assaulting his pregnant wife for refusing his demands to have an abortion.

The 31-year-old from Brunswick, who cannot be named, allegedly hit his wife of three years three times the morning after she announced she was pregnant with their first child.

Police say on August 7, the woman revealed she was pregnant and her husband said he didn't want the baby, then demanded she have an abortion.

She said she wanted to keep the child.

The next morning, the man called his wife into their bedroom and again demanded she abort the baby, police say.

She refused and he became enraged. He struck her across the face, causing her spectacles to break, according to police.

It is alleged she then said, "Why did you hit me again?" and he hit her again in the same place.

She began screaming for help so he struck her a third time, this time causing her to become dizzy.

He told her to lower her voice so people wouldn't hear, police say.

When she went to the police station, he followed her, apologising via text message and asking her not to report it.

Yet, police say, he told them it was his wife who had started the fight and he hadn't assaulted her, and that her glasses had "simply fallen off her head".

The man, through his lawyer, on Wednesday pleaded with the Melbourne Magistrates' Court not to convict him of charges of assault and recklessly causing injury because he could lose his visa and his job.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt told the man he should have thought of that before he acted the way he did.

Asad Rana, for the accused, said the man had been participating in a behaviour-change program and was making amends.

Mr Klestadt adjourned the matter to February to give the man time to complete the behaviour-change program before he decides how to deal with the matter.

Mr Rana said the marriage was over.

"There is no future risk, the marriage is not going to last."

Mr Klestadt said that wasn't the point.

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