Former reality television star Samuel Messina, 27, (pictured) received his punishment for the three counts of assault he committed against his ex-girlfriend in 2019

Former reality television star Samuel Messina has received his punishment for the three counts of assault he committed against his ex-girlfriend in 2019.

The 27-year-old, who was cast on the 2020 season of Farmer Wants a Wife, was sentenced to an 18-month community correction order and fined $350.

It was passed down by Magistrate Michael Ong on Monday in Port Kembla Local Court after Messina was found guilty in November 2022 in the same jurisdiction.

Former reality television star Samuel Messina, 27, (pictured) received his punishment for the three counts of assault he committed against his ex-girlfriend in 2019

After the court heard the relationship between Messina and his former girlfriend was ‘controlling and abusive’, Messina’s lawyer Mathew Lowry went to bat for him.

‘He is very remorseful and embarrassed for this whole situation,’ Mr Lowry said after praising Messina’s hard work as an interstate truck driver. 

Mr Ong seemed doubtful and expressed concerns Messina would reoffend due to the ‘very little acceptance’ he showed for his actions.

The 27-year-old, who was cast on the 2020 season of Farmer Wants A Wife, was sentenced to an 18-month community correction order and fined $350

‘Domestic violence is rife in the community,’ Mr Ong said.

‘Many people remain in domestic relationships when there is violence and abusive behaviour.

‘They remain in silence because they are concerned about what would happen if they leave the relative safety of having a roof over their head.’

Mr Ong then sentenced Messina to 150 hours of community service, ordered him to pay a $350 fine for trespassing and said he must attend the Orange Community Corrections office within seven days. 

Messina has appealed the sentence and will be back in Wollongong District Court in February.

It was passed down by Magistrate Michael Ong on Monday in Port Kembla Local Court after Messina was found guilty in November 2022 in the same jurisdiction 

Messina was found guilty of three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on his ex-girlfriend in November last year. 

The attacks occurred one year before Messina appeared on the popular Channel Seven dating show Farmer Wants A Wife, which sees lonely rural farmers paired with city girls.

The court previously heard Messina struck his ex so hard she bled for weeks.

His former partner told the court he physically abused her on four occasions in 2019 while they were living together in Orange, NSW.

After the court heard the relationship between Messina and his former girlfriend was ‘controlling and abusive’, Messina’s lawyer Mathew Lowry went to bat for him

The court heard the first assault, which occurred in March 2019, involved him opening a door onto her foot, causing pain in two of her toes. 

In July that year, Messina grabbed her by her clothes and threw her onto the floor.

The court also heard that on the morning of July 31, Messina shoved her before punching her in the nose causing it to bleed. 

The victim said the injury caused pain and bleeding every time she sneezed for the next month.

Messina was accused of a fourth assault, in which he ‘whipped’ her with a phone charging cable.

But Magistrate Ong said this allegation could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, as the victim’s work roster indicated she was at work at the time of the alleged incident.

The pair split up not long after that alleged incident and she moved to Illawarra. 

‘He is very remorseful and embarrassed for this whole situation,’ Mr Lowry said. Mr Ong seemed doubtful and expressed concerned Messina would reoffend due to the ‘very little acceptance’ he showed for his actions 

Messina was first charged with a total of seven domestic violence offences against his ex in July 2021. She had gone to police in March that year.

He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, which included intimidation, trespassing and four counts of assault.

He later pleaded not guilty to four counts of assault and guilty to two counts of intimidation after he showed up at his ex’s mother’s home and threatened to kill her pet rabbits.

During two days of evidence, the court heard the woman had found the courage to report the assaults after Messina allegedly made threats against her rabbits in February last year.

Messina was found guilty of three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on his ex-girlfriend. The attacks occurred one year before Messina appeared on the popular Channel Seven dating show Farmer Wants A Wife, which sees lonely rural farmers paired with city girls 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ben Bragger told the court the woman’s delay in reporting the allegations should not ‘impact her credibility’.

‘In 2022, delay is not a reason to attack credibility,’ he said, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

‘Women who are victims of domestic violence have many good reasons not to report things straight away, they are embarrassed, ashamed and don’t want their personal lives examined.

‘She had the courage to report [the allegations] after her safety was breached … enough was enough and she felt she had to go to police.’

Messina was a favourite on Farmer Wants A Wife, but got flak for rejecting two lovelorn contenders Mackenzie Phillips (left) and and Allanah Taranto (right)

Messina rose to prominence after featuring in Channel Seven’s popular Farmer Wants A Wife TV program as one of the farmers looking for love. 

He astonished viewers when he rejected two women, Mackenzie Phillips and Allanah Taranto, who were competing for his affections. 

In July, 2021, claims came to light that he wasn’t a real farmer and was using his brother’s farm in the show. 

Instead, it was claimed Messina was a truck driver from Sydney. 

He later said in an Instagram post that the farm used on the show was a family farm and he had ‘never once claimed that it is explicitly mine’.

‘I’m just like every other person out there – sometimes two incomes are needed to pay the bills. I drive trucks as a second income and that’s never been a secret,’ he added.

In July, 2021, claims came to light that he wasn’t a real farmer and was using his brother’s farm in the show. Instead, it was claimed Messina was a truck driver from Sydney

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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