Drunken abuser kicked in door during fight over ciggies
A man with a long history of domestic violence was handed two suspended jail sentences after he abused and threatened a woman, in a breach of a protection order.
The Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday that police were called to a Garden City address on January 2 to reports of shouting.
Police prosecutor David Longhurst said officers heard the defendant threatening a woman inside the home, shouting obscenities at her.
“They heard him say, ‘**** off, I don’t want to hear your voice, I’ll smack you in the ****** mouth,” he said.
“The victim said (the man) had been verbally abusive, the argument had been in relation to cigarettes and that he made unwanted advances.
“The aggrieved had locked herself in a room, but he had kicked the door in.”
On January 27 police attended an address where they located 2.2 grams of cannabis.
“He said that it belonged to a friend and he was just holding it,” Sgt Longhurst said.
Police were again called to a disturbance involving the man and the aggrieved when he was near her at a South Toowoomba address while drunk, in breach of sobriety condition laid out in a domestic violence protection order on June 15.
Mr Longhurst said police breath tested the man, detecting a reading of 0.06 per cent.
“(The defendant) made admissions to drinking a flagon of beer,” he said.
Sgt Longhurst asked the court for a jail sentence that would serve a deterrent to the man and others in the community who breach domestic violence protection orders.
Acting for the defence, solicitor Amber Acreman said her client had battled alcohol addiction since he was young.
“The offences have all arisen in a context where all parties have been consuming alcohol and (my client) has been unable to regulate his behaviour.”
Ms Acreman added that her client had taken steps to address his addiction, including arranging a stint in rehab.
In sentencing, Magistrate Graham Lee noted the man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s privacy, had three prior jail sentences for domestic violence offences.
Mr Lee added two more, one each of four and five months, suspended for 14 months after the man pleaded guilty to two domestic violence breaches and the minor drug possession offence.
Originally published as Drunken abuser kicked in door during fight over ciggies