Jail for vi­cious at­tack

Man, 46, punched the mother of his kids

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A VI­CIOUS and pro­tracted as­sault by Cairns con­creter An­drew Robert Ma­her on the mother of his chil­dren was the re­sult of un­re­solved grief and anger from the sui­cide of his daugh­ter, a court yes­ter­day heard.

Ma­her, 46 ap­peared in Cairns Dis­trict Court and pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and breach­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der in Ear­lville on May 27 last year.

Ma­her suf­fered “un­re­solved grief and anger is­sues” dat­ing to when he found his daugh­ter’s body in his former part­ner’s house in 2015.

The court heard the girl’s mother was in the house, high on methy­lam­phetamines at the time.

The night of the of­fence, Ma­her had put up the woman and their two sons in his home.

“He was told by the com­plainant that she had lost her house, that she was on the street,” de­fend­ing bar­ris­ter James Sheri­dan said.

An ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween the two at 10pm “which tracked back to the death of the daugh­ter ... cul­mi­nated in the com­plainant punch­ing the de­fen­dant in the face.”

Ma­her was given a black eye, and, un­der the in­flu­ence of heavy drink­ing, lost con­trol.

The court heard he punched her and ac­cused her of killing their daugh­ter. She re­treated to the bed­room to pack, but Ma­her fol­lowed her and be­gan to choke her.

De­spite the ef­forts of their youngest son beg­ging him to stop and the el­dest try­ing to in- ter­vene, Ma­her dragged her by the hair across the house and kneed her in the head.

Judge Tracy Fantin said the as­sault was “dis­pro­por­tion­ate to any provo­ca­tion.” She jailed Ma­her for two years, to be paroled af­ter six months.

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