Serial domestic violence offender jailed in Bowen
A serial offender will spend a month in jail after breaching his domestic violence order twice in three days while withdrawing from drugs.
The Bowen man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening a domestic violence order.
Police prosecutor Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court the man went to his former girlfriend's house and tried to talk to her, but when she refused he punched a glass door and smashed a gel blaster against a fridge.
Three days later the 25-year-old man returned to the house saying he wanted to go to the police station so the woman could withdraw her domestic violence complaint.
The court heard the man was asked to leave multiple times but he refused and continued to ask if he could come home to live with the woman.
He left but then returned again later that afternoon and made a threat in relation to his mental health before leaving again.
Sen-Sgt Merchant said the man had been in court a number of times for domestic violence offences.
"He had previously been sentenced to probation in October 2019 and that probation order was breached and he was then sentenced to three months prison with parole a release date on that day," Sen-Sgt Merchant said.
"Actual incarceration is required to send a message to (the man) that the orders of the court mean something."
Lawyer Peta Vernon, for the man, said he had turned to drugs early in life and things spiralled out of control since then.
The court heard the man had been in a relationship with the victim for six years but it was now over and he had been living with his father in Collinsville.
Ms Vernon said the man had been getting help for mental health issues and had been clean for 19 days, but at the time of the incidents he was "on the come down".
"There's no pretty way to say it - it's obviously a time when somebody's behaviour is exacerbated," Ms Vernon said.
"There's no denying his behaviour was inappropriate."
Magistrate James Morton said he was not sure what it would take for the man to get the message.
"The order is clear - not to go where the woman lives and to be of good behaviour towards the woman," Mr Morton said.
"You have not been able to keep that up."
Mr Morton said the man's criminal history was "unenviable" and if he was to walk out of the court, it would send the wrong message.
The man was sentenced to a total of four months' jail and he will be released after serving one month behind bars.
Mr Morton said the remaining three months' jail will be suspended and hang over his head for 18 months.
"The penny has got to drop at some point," Mr Morton said.