Court re­jects ap­peal

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JANESSA EKERT

A CAIRNS man who bru­tally tor­tured his girl­friend in a jeal­ous rage has had an ap­peal to re­duce his sen­tence re­jected.

Mitchel Wayne El­lis was jailed for 6½ years and de­clared a se­ri­ous vi­o­lent of­fender on charges of tor­ture, ma­li­cious act with in­tent and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

He must serve at least 80 per cent be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

The day af­ter she broke up with him he sub­jected her to a four hour as­sault in Septem­ber 2016 at her Manoora home.

They had been to­gether two months but she ended it af­ter he be­came ag­gres­sive and ac­cused her of cheat­ing on him.

El­lis left her phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally scarred af­ter he branded the then-34-year-old woman with a gar­den trowel and but­ter knife he heated up on the kitchen stove.

He rubbed chilli into her wounds.

El­lis also slapped, punched and bit her, forced her into a cup­board, kicked and burned her with hot wa­ter, all while she begged him to stop.

She man­aged to es­cape when neigh­bours called po­lice.

El­lis ar­gued that the sen­tence was too harsh, pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity should have been af­ter two to three years and a se­ri­ous vi­o­lence of­fence dec­la­ra­tion shouldn’t have been made.

“Al­though the of­fend­ing con­cerned a sin­gle episode, it in­volved the pro­tracted perpetration of vi­o­lence of a cal­lous and bru­tal na­ture cal­cu­lated to in­flict phys­i­cal and men­tal tor­ture,” Court of Ap­peal Jus­tice An­the Philip­pi­des said in a re­cent judg­ment.

“The vi­o­lence was in­flicted in the com­plainant’s house where she was en­ti­tled to be safe and pro­tected and in the con­text of (El­lis’s) ir­ra­tional jeal­ousy ….”

The ap­peal was re­jected.

AL­THOUGH THE OF­FEND­ING CON­CERNED A SIN­GLE EPISODE, IT IN­VOLVED THE PRO­TRACTED PERPETRATION OF VI­O­LENCE OF A CAL­LOUS AND BRU­TAL NA­TURE CAL­CU­LATED TO IN­FLICT PHYS­I­CAL AND MEN­TAL TOR­TURE

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