Paroled after attacks on ex-girlfriend
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.