Dodd brother cops further jail time over assault on former partner

The brother of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd had three months added to his prison term after appearing in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Martin Christopher Dodd, 41, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison following a District Court decision earlier this week relating to an assault on his former partner in 2015 and possession of 12.6 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

Dodd pleaded guilty on Friday to common assault, obstructing police officers, possession of a knife and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges related to offences committed in late 2015.

The court heard Dodd entered his then-wife’s house on November 23, 2015 at 2am, and proceeded to hit her with an open palm on the side of the face.

The former couple’s nine-year-old daughter was present at the time.

Dodd had been married for 16 years, but at the time of the assault he was separated from his wife and going through what was described to the court as a “bitter, nasty” break-up.

The prosecution considered the assault was related to that dealt with in the district court on February 14.

Dodd will serve three months in prison cumulatively for the offences.

His mother Margaret, who is running for the seat of Scarborough in the upcoming state election as a One Nation candidate, said her son had been on a “down spiral” since a charge had been announced in relation to his sister’s disappearance.

“He thought everyone was against him, and committed violence against his partner,” Mrs Dodd posted on Facebook.

“My heart is broken that not only did I lose a daughter and never have found her body, but I also lost my son to meth and he will lie. cheat. deal and steal to feed his habit. Which saddens me greatly.  

“He breaks my heart. And I will stand up for harsher sentencing even if it my own blood.. You do the crime, you do the time.”