Jail for attack on girlfriend
A YOUNG North-West man who broke a glass bottle over his girlfriend’s head before bashing and spitting on her because he’d had “far too much to drink and smoke” will spend at least 10 months in jail.
Samuel George Nichols, 20, was jailed by the Supreme Court of Tasmania last week after pleading guilty to a host of violence-related charges including four counts of common assault and one count of emotional abuse or intimidation.
Nichols and his partner had been in a relationship for about a year, after knowing each other since they were 14, but things turned sour in January this year when he spat in the woman’s face. Then in June this year, the couple was at home when they started fighting. Nichols broke a glass bottle over the back of the woman’s head, causing a 2cm wound requiring three sutures.
The next day she tried to leave the house but Nichols blocked her way and pushed her into a wall next to the door.
He punched the woman to the left and right side of the ribs before punching her face and nose.
Nichols’ father soon arrived, followed by the police.
“The defendant offers, by way of explanation, that he had far too much to drink and smoke,” Justice Stephen Estcourt said, jailing Nichols for 20 months, backdated to July this year. He will be eligible for parole in May 2020.