Serial domestic violence offender jailed for 14 months

Back in jail: A Golden Bay man was sentenced to 14 months prison on Friday in the Mandurah Magistrates Court. Photo: File image.

Back in jail: A Golden Bay man was sentenced to 14 months prison on Friday in the Mandurah Magistrates Court. Photo: File image.

A Golden Bay alcoholic, who has been in and out of jail for domestic violence, has been jailed for 14 months after dragging the same victim by her hair through their home and throwing her outside. 

The 37-year-old man, who will not be named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday to aggravated common assault, stealing and disorderly behaviour in public.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read told the court the man was “heavily under the influence” when he verbally abused and assaulted his partner about 6pm on September 1, 2018.

It impacts on the community and the person who has been a victim, yet again.

Magistrate Anne Longden

Senior Constable Read said the man dragged the victim down the hallway by her hair and wrist before throwing her to the ground outside and slamming the door. 

The victim ran to a neighbour’s house who called the police, she said. 

Senior Constable Read said the man also stole items, while intoxicated, from a Mandurah Anytime Fitness member’s Holden Barina that was parked outside the facility, on August 13, 2018. 

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Magistrate Anne Longden told the court the offences breached a court order the man was serving and he would be re-sentenced for prior offences, including assaulting a public officer and stealing from a liquor store.

The man’s lawyer Clare Hay told the court her client had contacted a psychologist and would undertake a domestic violence program.

“That is the first time he has taken that step,” she said. 

Ms Hay said the man suffered from severe depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

She said the victim was still supporting the man. 

Magistrate Anne Longden told the court the offending was serious and based around his alcohol problem. 

“You had a last chance before and you ended up in prison for reoffending,” she said. 

“It impacts on the community and the person who has been a victim, yet again.”

The man was fined $400 and was ordered to serve 14 months prison. He was made eligible for parole.