The Mount Isa District Court has sentenced a man to two year's imprisonment for burglary, domestic violence and bodily harm though with time already served he was immediately eligible for release on parole.
The defendant, known only as "GDL" pleaded guilty to three offences on May 22, one offence of burglary by breaking in the night, a domestic violence offence, one offence of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, and one offence of contravention of a domestic violence order with a circumstance of aggravation.
On December 20, 2018 GDL went to the home of the complainant, who was a friend of his ex-partner, and she was staying with him at that home at the time.
GDL broke into the house probably by breaking a window which was the substance of the first charge.
He then questioned the complainant about his relationship with his ex-partner, and hit him on the head with an iron bar more than 10 times.
He blocked the bar with his left arm, and he struck him to the stomach with the bar, which was the second charge.
"As a result of that assault upon him, he suffered a laceration to his scalp, pain to the jawline and left-hand side of his face, pain to his elbow and an inability to fully extend it, and an abrasion to his abdomen," Judge John Allen said.
"Your ex-partner had locked herself in the bedroom. You got a knife from the kitchen and tried to get into the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom, you punched your ex partner with a closed fist. She ducked, and the blow did not connect with her body. She pushed you away from her, and you fell over. Your assault upon her contravened the domestic violence order, and that is the offence in count 3 on the indictment."
Judge Allen took into account GDL's remorsefulness and early plea but because of the violence of the charges and the defendant's criminal history including the fact he was on parole when the current charges occurred GDL was sentenced to two years imprisonment for counts 1 and 2 and a concurrent six months for count 3.
Given time already spend he was eligible for parole on the day he appeared in court, May 22.
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