Re­peat of­fender jailed for breaches of or­der

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A CAN­NON­VALE man who con­tra­vened a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der mul­ti­ple times will re­main be­hind bars for at least three more months.

The man ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day via a video link with the jail where he has been since also breaching his pa­role.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said the or­der, cur­rent to De­cem­ber 2016, had been breached on April 12 when the man threat­ened to shoot the ag­grieved.

The court heard he was on pa­role for breaching or­ders at the time.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan YgoaMcKe­own sub­mit­ted a four- month pri­son sen­tence was in range.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist dis­agreed, say­ing he’d been deal­ing with this par­tic­u­lar man for a cou­ple of years.

“This in­ci­dent had noth­ing to do with any fi­nan­cial pres­sures, as you tend to sug­gest,” he said.

(And) while it wasn’t phys­i­cal in na­ture, as a ver­bal threat it doesn’t get more se­ri­ous...”

Mr St­jern­qvist also noted this was the man’s sixth breach in just a cou­ple of years.

He im­posed a nine-month pri­son term with a pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date of Au­gust 17.

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