Jail for breach of or­der

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A CAN­NON­VALE man who breached a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der has been sen­tenced to three months in prison.

The 37-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day via video from Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre to a charge of con­tra­ven­tion of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der with an ag­gra­vated of­fence.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court po­lice had gone to a Ju­bilee Pocket house af­ter they were phoned at 7am on June 10 but no one spoke and the call was dis­con­nected.

The court heard po­lice rang back and again no one spoke, but they could hear an ar­gu­ment in the back­ground.

The man had turned up at the house drunk and say­ing he wanted to see his son, but was told by the vic­tim to come back later in the day at a time that had been pre­vi­ously been or­gan­ised, Mr Beamish said.

In an ini­tial po­lice in­ter­view, the man de­nied go­ing to the house.

Rep­re­sent­ing the man in court, solic­i­tor Judy Shee­han said her client ac­cepted he should not have been at the house but said that there was no phys­i­cal vi­o­lence.

“At the most, there was ver­bal ac­tion,” Ms Shee­han said.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said while the of­fence was “at the lower end” of breaches, it was se­ri­ous “be­cause of his ap­palling track record” of breach­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders both in Queens­land and in­ter­state.

The man will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role to­day.

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