A teacher has been convicted in the District Court after contravening a protection order taken out against him by his wife. The teacher was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, and then a further 8 months after he breached the protection order again on release.

The Teacher’s Disciplinary Tribunal held that their duties to protect the public and maintain professional standards could be discharged by censuring the teacher and imposing conditions on his practising certificate.

The Tribunal noted that while the offending was serious, it had occurred in a domestic context and was unrelated to the teacher’s professional work.

The Tribunal also noted that the teacher had completed his sentences and had reintegrated back into the community, and had acknowledged that his conduct was unacceptable and was resolved not to repeat it.