Paroled after at­tacks on ex-girl­friend

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A JAILED farm labourer, who tried to run his for­mer lover’s car off the Isis Hwy be­fore at­tack­ing her in the mid­dle of the road, has been given im­me­di­ate pa­role.

Wade Robert Bur­ton, 35, pleaded guilty to five counts of breach­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der, common as­sault and driv­ing with­out due care. On one oc­ca­sion, Bur­ton took the woman’s car keys and phone and forced her to ring the po­lice to with­draw her com­plaints.

Work­ing as a man­ager at Hast­ing’s Sta­tion near Biggen­den, Bur­ton saw the woman while she was check­ing on horses and chased her down the Isis Hwy un­til she was forced to stop on the wrong side of the road. He then smashed the driver’s side win­dow, caus­ing glass to cut the woman’s face.

Disturbing par­al­lels were drawn be­tween Bur­ton’s re­cent of­fences and an old court brief that stated he had been given a 12-month sus­pended jail term for as­sault­ing another part­ner and tak­ing her car keys.

Hand­ing up a se­ries of ref­er­ences, Bur­ton’s de­fence lawyer Travis George said while no one was try­ing to paint his client as “Mother Teresa”, all de­scribed him as a hard worker and were pre­pared to give him a job.

Mag­is­trate Graeme Tat­nell ac­ti­vated the 12-month sus­pended sen­tence and im­posed sev­eral four- and six-month sen­tences to be served con­cur­rently.

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