A Dubbo man has been spared a jail term after hitting a woman in the face with a bottle opener.
Stuart William Walsh, 27, was sitting around a table drinking with the victim and another woman on October 18 when a fight broke out.
According to court documents, the victim told Walsh that his father made her feel uncomfortable, when he took offence.
Walsh grabbed a set of keys off the table that had a long silver bottle opener attached, when he flicked his hand striking the woman's eyebrow with the bottle opener.
The woman's eyebrow immediately began to bleed, when Walsh grabbed a handful of her hair and held her against a wall.
According to documents the woman went inside to wash her eyebrow and get away from Walsh.
Walsh stayed outside and demanded the woman apologise for the allegations she made about his father. When she went back outside to do this, Walsh then grabbed her by the hair again.
The woman, terrified, locked herself inside the house before police were called and Walsh was arrested.
Last month at Dubbo Local Court Walsh pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of common assault.
On Wednesday when he returned for sentencing his defence lawyer Joy Kirby told the court he had been drinking spirits when he became "quite angry and emotional" over the allegations about his father.
"He has a previous diagnosis of ADHD, but hasn't been taking medication since high school," Ms Kirby said.
The court heard Walsh had attempted to see a psychiatrist and had significantly reduced his alcohol intake. In a letter written by the victim read out in court, she believed he was remorseful and the event was a catalyst for him to seek help.
Magistrate Gary Wilson acknowledged Walsh was taking positive steps but warned he would end up in jail if he committed domestic violence offences again.
"You're quite fortunate that you're not receiving a custodial sentence, particularly in regards to the injury you inflicted," Magistrate Wison told Walsh.
Walsh was given a community corrections order, subject to good behaviour for 18 months.
He was also ordered to report to Mission Australia and complete the anger management program, and continue with the Lives Lived Well alcohol program.
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