Jail time for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fender

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A BOWEN do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fender who told po­lice his vic­tim “hit her­self in the face with a cof­fee mug” will re­main be­hind bars un­til at least Septem­ber.

The man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied to pro­tect the vic­tim, ap­peared by video link in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to plead guilty to con­tra­ven­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pro­tec­tion or­der, un­li­censed driv­ing and unau­tho­rised deal­ing with shop goods. The 34-year-old, who has an ex­ten­sive his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, re­cently moved to Bowen from Bris­bane with his part­ner to take a job fruit pick­ing.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Senior Sergeant Sabine Scott said po­lice found the vic­tim, who had fa­cial in­juries, with the de­fen­dant at the Mil­ton Mo­tel on April 29.

“She stated that that morn­ing she was on Kings Beach in Bowen when they had an ar­gu­ment … he punched and head­but­ted her,” Snr Sgt Scott said.

The man told po­lice “she hit her­self in the head with a cof­fee mug and gave her­self a black eye”, forc­ing him to tackle her to stop self-harm.

PD Law so­lic­i­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said her client and the ag­grieved had been to­gether for 15 months and were “sleep­ing rough” on April 28.

“I am in­structed the ag­grieved was in a bad mood and walked off hold­ing a sack of wine,” Ms Smith said.

“He was wor­ried and drove around to find her.”

Dur­ing this time the man filled up his car only to re­alise he had for­got­ten his card and could not pay. “There were other things on his mind and he ad­mits he left with­out pay­ing,” Ms Smith said.

“He found her passed out on the beach…later they had an ar­gu­ment which es­ca­lated.’’

The court heard the man was on pa­role and had ac­ti­vated a nine-month sus­pended sen­tence he re­ceived in March.

Pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate James Mor­ton slammed the man’s be­hav­iour as “dis­grace­ful”.

The man re­ceived 10 months’ im­pris­on­ment to be served cu­mu­la­tively with 64 days de­clared served.

The man was fined $250 and or­dered to pay $39.98 resti­tu­tion for the fuel of­fence. He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months and fined $300 for un­li­censed driv­ing.

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