Out for daugh­ter’s very first Christ­mas

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CHRIST­MAS came early for one man in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week, when his pa­role re­lease date was not ex­tended.

The man was there to plead guilty to con­tra­ven­ing a pro­ba­tion or­der and con­tra­ven­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der.

Speak­ing to the court from jail, the 26-year-old said he had just be­come a fa­ther and wanted to spend his daugh­ter’s first Christ­mas with her.

The do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent oc­curred on May 2, at around 7pm, when po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the man was vis­it­ing his part­ner.

Po­lice Prose­cu­tor Kevin Cor­mont said the man, who had only been served the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der a few days prior, at­tempted to “hide un­der a pile of cloth­ing” when po­lice ar­rived.

Upon hear­ing this sub­mis­sion to court, the man started laugh­ing.

The man’s de­fence lawyer said he had fallen asleep at the house.

In sen­tenc­ing, Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said “given your his­tory, it is a sig­nif­i­cant of­fence but not so sig­nif­i­cant to im­pose fur­ther pe­ri­ods of im­pris­on­ment”.

He was sen­tenced to two months’ im­pris­on­ment for the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence breach, to be served con­cur­rently with his present time be­hind bars, and con­victed but not fur­ther pun­ished for the pro­ba­tion breach.

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