Rocky businessman's $100,000 meth disaster
A ROCKHAMPTON businessman with a successful career saw his life spiral downwards with frequent and often brutal attacks on his wife, spending $100,000 on drugs and ultimately four months in prison.
The 40-year-old faced the Rockhampton District Court last week, pleading guilty to five domestic violence charges and one of assault occasioning bodily harm.
The court heard the man's prolonged domestic violence attacks on his wife included throwing an aluminium can at her buttocks.
He pushed her down onto tiles where she lost consciousness, locked her in the bedroom, pinned her on the bed and threatened to kill her.
The man also threatened to remove her car's tyres, removed a bedroom door handle to keep her captive and struck her in the neck causing her to lose her breath.
Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said his client had returned to using meth for the second time in his life - the first time was when he moved in with his brother in Victoria for four years.
He said all the domestic violence offending was linked to using meth, with his client estimating he had spent about $100,000 in recent years on the drug.
Mr Ahlstrand pointed to the man's good work history which included being promoted to interstate coordinator for a national company before he went out on his own.
He said the man had returned to injecting meth on a daily basis when he reconciled with his brother but had stopped using since his incarceration for 128 days pre-sentence custody.
"It (custody) was a significant wake up call," Mr Ahlstrand said.
The man was sentenced to 18 months prison. He will be released on parole on May 11 which includes time already served.