A WIMMERA man who had to be capsicum sprayed by police has avoided conviction.
The man appeared in Horsham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Wentworth told the court that the accused got into a verbal argument with the victim, a western Victorian woman, on May 10.
The court heard that the accused had been drinking when he became "messy" and "agitated".
The accused was verbally abusive towards the victim and the pair argued.
The man then kicked a door, breaking some of the louvers, and picked up a gaming console and smashed it.
Senior Constable Wentworth said the victim called triple-0 and when police attended, the accused refused to open the door, was non-compliant and verbally abusive towards police.
Once police were able to open the door, they sprayed the man's face with capsicum face, before taking him to the Horsham Police Station.
The man told police at the time that he slipped and breaking the door was an accident.
The accused told the court that he was sorry for his actions and that he was seeking help for mental health and alcohol issues.
Magistrate Ronald Saines said the incident was a clear example of domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is not just punching someone around, it is much broader," he said.
"Smashing up objects is just as much a display of anger as smashing up people."
Mr Saines placed the man on a good behaviour undertaking for 12 months.
As part of the order, the man will also have to complete counselling for alcohol abuse, enrol in a men's behaviour change program and donate $500 to the court.
Mr Saines warned the man to not repeat his actions in the future and learn how to deal with stress.
Mr Saines commended police on their swift response to the situation.
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