Gavel and Handcuffs Photo contributed.
Gavel and Handcuffs Photo contributed. Contributed

Out for daughter’s very first Christmas

CHRISTMAS came early for one man in the Proserpine Magistrate's Court this week, when his parole release date was not extended.

The man was there to plead guilty to contravening a probation order and contravening a domestic violence order.

Speaking to the court from jail, the 26-year-old said he had just become a father and wanted to spend his daughter's first Christmas with her.

The domestic violence incident occurred on May 2, at around 7pm, when police received information that the man was visiting his partner.

Police Prosecutor Kevin Cormont said the man, who had only been served the domestic violence order a few days prior, attempted to "hide under a pile of clothing" when police arrived.

Upon hearing this submission to court, the man started laughing.

The man's defence lawyer said he had fallen asleep at the house.

In sentencing, Magistrate Simon Young said "given your history, it is a significant offence but not so significant to impose further periods of imprisonment".

He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment for the domestic violence breach, to be served concurrently with his present time behind bars, and convicted but not further punished for the probation breach.


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