A man with a horrific domestic violence history escaped actual jail time. Generic file photo.
A man with a horrific domestic violence history escaped actual jail time. Generic file photo.

Prolific domestic violence offender avoids jail time

A man with 18 previous domestic violence related entries on his criminal record, avoided prison time on Friday.

The man, 40, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to two counts of contravening a domestic violence order.

The court heard the man had previously had numerous imprisonment orders imposed on him for domestic violence offending, but had not served actual jail time.

Police prosecutor Merrilyn Hoskins read the facts of the man's case to the court and Acting Magistrate Paul Byrne.

On November 19 last year, about 3pm, the defendant made a phone call to the aggrieved during which he called her names like "scumdog" and a "c... sucker".

He also made threats to come to the aggrieved's house.

Further, on December 12, about 9.50am, the man contravened another order made against him at another aggrieved's home in Zilzie.

The victim was in bed at home when she heard a knock on the back door and heard a voice - the defendant's which urged her to let him in.

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The victim told police she got out of bed and went to the back door where she saw the defendant standing on the patio.

He asked her to let him in again to which she replied she was not going to, as she was sick of his drama and wanted him to go away.

The victim stated after being told to leave, the defendant lost his temper and started to yell at the victim, "You're a f...... dog c..., you're the reason I went to jail you c...".

The victim said the defendant raised his fist at her while continuing to yell at her.

At 3pm that day, the victim attended Emu Park police station where she took up with police and made a formal complain.

On March 21, police located the defendant on Roseberry St, Gladstone, and he was subsequently arrested and transported to the Gladstone watch-house.

Mr Byrne convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment, with 47 days of pre-sentence custody declared as time served.

His parole release date was set to May 14, 2021, and his domestic violence orders were extended by five years with convictions recorded.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.  

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