Me­chanic punches girl­friend, avoids jail

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

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.

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