A Kalgoorlie-Boulder man spat at his ex-partner after throwing a yogurt packet at her, which exploded on impact, while looking after their grandchildren. Daniel Mark Laugesen, 41, appeared in Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court on Monday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of common assault, and to breaching protective bail conditions. The court was told the pair had been separated from some time, and lived apart between their two homes in Williamstown and Esperance, but still operated a business together which provides scaffolding to the port and mining industries. On April 10, the woman was at the man’s Williamstown residence with their grandchildren when an argument broke out and soon turned physical. Laugesen blocked the woman’s way out and so she was laying on the bed when he threw the yogurt at her head which exploded and covered the woman’s face and bed with its contents. He then spat on the victim. Laugesen was arrested and released on bail, but about a month later — on May 19 — he arrived at the women’s Esperance residence and was repeatedly “banging” on the door while drunk. The woman called the police and the man was arrested for breaching bail conditions. Laugesen’s lawyer Carmel McKenzie said the 41-year-old had been going through a stressful and difficult time as the pair were separating while still operating a business together. She said the man had since started counselling. Ms McKenzie applied for a spent conviction, saying an assault charge may impede his work. The prosecutor opposed the order because the man had been given a spent conviction in March for breaching a police order. Magistrate Matthew Holgate said spitting at someone was “highly offensive and quite disgusting” behaviour. Mr Holgate said although he did not know the facts of the March breach, he was willing to assume it was born out of the same set of circumstances around the pair’s separation. Because of that, Mr Holgate granted the spent conviction on the two new offences. He gave the man “credit” for his early guilty plea, for taking on counselling and his lack of a “relevant” record, except for the March incident. Laugesen was fined more than $300, and ordered to pay $137 in court costs.