Judge shames choker Mothers ‘ sacro­sanct’, evic­tion as­sault man told in sen­tenc­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au CHRIS McMA­HON

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.

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