Mechanic punches girlfriend, avoids jail
A YOUNG Hobart mechanic who attacked his girlfriend after playing pokies at the Elwick Hotel will not have to spend time in jail for his crimes.
Liam Darcy Gow, 21, had pushed his girlfriend, causing her to fall over and wound her knee, the day before attacking her outside the Glenorchy hotel.
On August 10 last year, the woman, 24, messaged Gow to come outside the hotel where he was playing pokies. She said “speak to me, not to your mobile phone” and tried to put his phone down herself, starting a “scuffle”.
Gow punched the woman to the back of her head and held her throat so she could not breathe.
Two days later the woman agreed Gow could come to her house but once there he became agitated, started throwing things, pushed the woman, who pushed him back, and damaged a door. On another occasion he punched her to the side of the face, splitting her lip.
On August 13, Gow went to the woman’s house and punched or poked her to the eye before she called police.
Last week, Supreme Court of Tasmania judge Stephen Estcourt sentenced Gow to 12 months’ jail but suspended the term due to his age, his “potential for rehabilitation” and lack of prior convictions. But he must perform 175 hours of unpaid community work, must be under the supervision of a probation officer and complete a domestic abuse program.