Jailed for ‘jeal­ous’ at­tack

Man beat ex-girl­friend’s new friend with axe han­dle while vic­tim slept

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

A JEAL­OUS North-West man who at­tacked his preg­nant ex­girl­friend’s new friend with an axe han­dle as the pair slept in bed has been jailed for three years.

Dale John Archer, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and one count of as­sault after the at­tack in May this year.

Archer and the woman were in a re­la­tion­ship from 2017 un­til April this year, but the pair main­tained con­tact and he con­tin­ued to stay at her home.

Both Archer and the woman be­lieved the woman was preg­nant with his child at the time.

On May 5, the woman ar­ranged to meet her ex-hus­band’s cousin at a bar, with the pair spend­ing the night drink­ing to­gether.

But some time after 9pm, Archer turned up and be­came “ag­i­tated” that she was “en­ter­tain­ing an­other man”.

Half an hour later, he re­turned to the woman’s home in a taxi, telling the driver to park a dis­tance away from the house and wait for him.

Armed with an axe han­dle, Archer en­tered the house to find the pair asleep in the woman’s bed.

The man woke to Archer hit­ting his head with what felt like “a log of wood” be­fore he was re­peat­edly struck to the arm and leg.

Dur­ing the five-minute at­tack, Archer called the woman “a cheat­ing slut” then jumped back into the wait­ing taxi.

The vic­tim went to the Mersey Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal with cuts, bruis­ing and a frac­tured left shin­bone.

The fol­low­ing af­ter­noon, Archer turned him­self in to po­lice.

While sen­tenc­ing last week in the Supreme Court, Jus­tice Stephen Est­court said the woman had ex­pe­ri­enced “se­vere anx­i­ety” since the at­tack.

“She has in ef­fect had to change her life, leave her chil­dren with their fa­ther and move in­ter­state,” he said. “Her nineyear-old son wit­nessed the as­sault and her 12-year-old daugh­ter was also present.”

Jus­tice Est­court said the vic­tim suf­fers from night­mares of wak­ing up to some­one hit­ting his head and body, and said the at­tack was “born of a jeal­ous loss of con­trol”.

He jailed Archer for three years, with a non-pa­role pe­riod of 18 months.

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