An Australian gamer has avoided a jail term after confessing to hitting his then-pregnant girlfriend during a Twitch stream of Fortnite.
Content warning: this story contains references to domestic assault.
Luke Munday, also known as MrDeadMoth on Twitch, was given a 14-month community corrections order in Picton Local Court after admitting he was guilty of the assault in July of this year, the ABC reports.
He was charged with a single count of common assault (domestic violence).
During the sentencing hearing, Munday’s lawyer, Steven Mercael, argued the streamer acted in “excessive self-defence” and snapped.
“He’s a loving, caring person with no history of domestic violence… who unfortunately on this day just slapped his partner,” Mr Mercael said, later withdrawing the ‘just’ from his remarks after a caution from the judge.
During the stream in December 2018, channel viewers could reportedly hear Munday and his then-partner arguing. He is said to have been heard saying “fuck off dog, you don’t pay the bills” before the assault occurred off-camera in front two children, one aged 3, the other 20 months.
In January this year, Munday briefly returned to Twitch after the streaming site suspended him. Days later, Twitch re-suspended him and while it wasn’t confirmed whether this ban was permanent, his accounts on both Twitch and YouTube appear to remain unavailable at the time of writing.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you can contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1800 656 463 or the 1800Respect national sexual assault, domestic and family violence hotline.