Judge says pro­longed at­tack sadis­tic

Man jailed for knife tor­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

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.

The woman

man­aged

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

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