Judge says prolonged attack sadistic
Man jailed for knife torture
A MAN who stabbed a woman in a “prolonged and sadistic” attack just three days after being released from custody has been sentenced to seven years behind bars.
Douglas Chungaloo, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of torture and acts intending to cause grievous bodily harm and was sentenced in Townsville District Court yesterday.
The court heard Chungaloo was released from prison for other violent offences on June 12, 2013, and attacked the woman three days later.
It was revealed Chungaloo had been warned by the court about his violent behaviour on at least two earlier occasions.
The court heard Chungaloo resumed contact with the woman, with whom he had a volatile relationship, soon after leaving custody. The pair argued and Chungaloo grabbed a knife which was taken from him by another person.
During sentencing, Judge David Reid said Chungaloo and the woman continued to argue and when the argument moved to a bedroom, he took another knife, described as like a steak knife, with him.
Judge Reid said Chungaloo stabbed the woman over “a considerable period of time”.
He described the attack as “prolonged and sadistic”.
“She estimates the incident took place over three hours,” Judge Reid said.
to “slip away” and go to hospital, where she was treated for four separate lacerations including one to her abdomen. Judge Reid said Chungaloo inflicted the wounds to cause the most amount of pain and anxiety.
He said it was vital that Chungaloo gave up alcohol, stay away from Mount Isa and have no relationship with the woman upon his release.
“I have grave concerns that if that does not happen that very serious injuries will be done to this woman,” he said.
Chungaloo was sentenced to seven years’ jail and declared a serious violent offender, which means he will have to serve at least 80 per cent of the sentence.
Taking into account time spent in pre- sentence custody, Chungaloo will be eligible for parole on January 21, 2019.
“I strongly urge you to get off alcohol ... reconnect with your community ... stay away from Mount Isa where there are so many problems with alcohol and stay away from this woman,” Judge Reid said.
( The victim) estimates the incident took place over three hours
JUDGE DAVID REID