Talk about starting as you mean to go on! No excuses are acceptable here I'm afraid.
What was supposed to be the happiest occasion of Sally Mylonas' life turned sour last Friday after her groom, Michael Cook, accused her of flirting with another man while out celebrating their nuptials. From there it only got worse, ending with an argument, a punch and a car crash.
The couple of just more than a year had exchanged vows in front of their family and friends and held the wedding reception at their Dandenong home before they joined several guests at Tom Thumb nightclub in Chadstone.
But as Ms Mylonas, 30, drove home along the Monash Freeway about 1am on August 5, Mr Cook, 33, aired his jealousy concerns and an argument broke out. Mr Cook is alleged to have punched his wife in the face before he grabbed the Mitsubishi Pajero's steering wheel and forced the vehicle off the road between Huntingdale and Forster roads.
The car is believed to have gone up and down an embankment and hit a wall before coming to a halt. Police arrived at the scene soon after and found Ms Mylonas' nose bleeding heavily. She was taken to The Alfred hospital for treatment where she also provided a blood sample for blood-alcohol testing. Police are awaiting results of the test.
An interim intervention order was imposed on Mr Cook by police who have also interviewed him in relation to charges of assault and conduct endangering life. No charges have yet been laid.
Mr Cook appeared at a brief hearing at Dandenong Magistrates Court yesterday with his wife by his side, where he agreed not to assault, harass, threaten, intimidate or damage any property belonging to Ms Mylonas or cause anyone else to do so for the next six months.
Magistrate Edwin Batt warned him that breaching the court intervention order could lead to a maximum two years' imprisonment and fines of up to $24,000.
After the hearing, Ms Mylonas described the events as 'unfortunate' but said she was sticking by her man. 'It's not like Michael, he's a good man,' she said.
'It was just a bad set of circumstances, an unfortunate incident and I love my husband. We definitely want it to work out and, yes, it put a dampener on an otherwise fantastic day, but it was a private matter and it's a shame the police got involved.' Mr Cook declined to comment.