Jail for at­tack on girl­friend

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

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.

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