Sen­tence de­signed to cre­ate ‘in­sight’

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - KATHRYN LEWIS [email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

A 49-YEAR-OLD South Grafton man has been sen­tenced for breach­ing mul­ti­ple court orders.

Michael O’Con­nor was sen­tenced to an 18-month com­mu­nity cor­rec­tion or­der un­der su­per­vi­sion, 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and five days in cus­tody for breach­ing an AVO at Grafton Lo­cal Court yes­ter­day.

Mag­is­trate Karen Stafford handed down a fur­ther 12 month com­mu­nity cor­rec­tion or­der un­der su­per­vi­sion for break­ing a good be­hav­iour bond.

O’Con­nor has sev­eral prior con­vic­tions on his record in­clud­ing two charges of break­ing AVOs and drink driv­ing mat­ters.

“There is clearly a need to stop you re­of­fend­ing by get­ting you more su­per­vi­sion,” Ms Stafford said.

She was con­cerned that al­co­hol in­flu­enced O’Con­nor’s ac­tions which his so­lic­i­tor said he was “tak­ing steps” to man­age. “Al­co­hol is ob­vi­ously an is­sue,” Ms Stafford said.

O’Con­nor’s his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence meant he was a greater threat un­der the in­flu­ence, Ms Stafford said.

“The drunker they (do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fend­ers) are, the more vi­o­lent they are,” she said.

The court heard O’Con­nor had sought med­i­cal ad­vice for his drink­ing prob­lem.

Ms Stafford said the of­fender did not ac­knowl­edge the sever­ity of his charges.

“In terms of breach­ing a court or­der, you don’t have much of an in­sight into what that means,” she said.

O’Con­nor’s so­lic­i­tor said the of­fender “ac­knowl­edged he went over the top”.

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THE DRUNKER THEY (DO­MES­TIC VI­O­LENCE OF­FEND­ERS) ARE, THE MORE VI­O­LENT THEY ARE.

MAG­IS­TRATE KAREN STAFFORD

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