Judge shames choker Mothers ‘ sacrosanct’, eviction assault man told in sentencing
A MAN has been slammed in court for a “disgraceful and cowardly” act: choking his mother after she told him to move out of the house.
The man, 33, had been staying at his mother’s apartment in Townsville’s CBD for two weeks before the attack on September 12 last year.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court to choking, stealing and five breaches of bail.
Judge Gregory Lynham said the pair had been arguing and the son was told to be out of his mother’s home by 5pm on September 11.
He refused and his mother woke him at 7.30am the next day, telling him to leave.
“You and her then engaged in an argument which resulted in you pushing your mother into a wall. You then put your right arm around her neck, A HIDDEN gem of an event has shone like a diamond, with hundreds of people attending the Townsville Gem Show at the weekend.
Organisers have been left gleaming following the successful event, describing it the best gem show yet. choking her, and you put your left hand over her mouth,” Judge Lynham said.
“Your mother felt … lightheaded and she could not breathe. You then let her go and you began to apologise to her. You asked her not to call the police.”
The woman went to a friend in a neighbouring unit, who called police. The man was arrested a month later.
He was initially granted bail but breached it five times by failing to report to authorities and was returned to
There was everything from gems and minerals, to silver smithing and wire wrapping, to activities for kids.
“It was a massive weekend, we are so happy with the turnout. It looked liked we had more this year than we have ever had, it was just a really fun day,” Townsville Gem and Mineral Club member Debra Illingsworth said. custody. On April 8 last year he stole $ 34 of medications from Sturt St pharmacy.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack said the man had previously breached domestic violence orders against his mother and an ex- partner.
Defence barrister Claire Grant said when the man was aged from nine to 12 he witnessed domestic violence between his mother and stepfather. In 2009 he was in a serious motorbike crash and went on a disability pension.
Judge Lynham said the
“The vendors were really happy, there were a lot of new vendors.
“My highlight over the weekend was watching the kids do the sapphire wash, I’ve got two mines in sapphire and I bagged up a heap of them and let them go through them and pick through the lot of them.
“The interest in our group has man had committed a “disgraceful and cowardly act”.
“If there is one person … that any son should respect, it is their mother,” he said.
“Regardless of how your mother might have spoken to you, or how she might have treated you over the years, or any other dispute you might have … your mother should be regarded as sacrosanct.”
The man was last week sentenced to two years in jail.
He had served 283 days in pre- sentence custody and was released on immediate parole. started to grow quite a lot, we have a big number of new members this year, and there are a lot of children coming in as well, which is just fantastic.”
Ms Illingsworth said the club hoped to go even bigger next year and asked people interested in joining the club to head to the Townsville Gem and Mineral Club Facebook page.
GLITTERING SUCCESS: Dee Minchio and Warren Johnson at the Townsville Gem Show.