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Prison time for axe-wielding ex

IT WAS a case of three strikes and you're out yesterday for a young father whose rage saw him repeatedly breach domestic violence orders.

The 22-year-old was sentenced to time behind bars after pleading guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court to his third domestic violence offence this year.

In the latest incident, the young father of one hurled an axe at the door of his former girlfriend's house.

The violent act was retaliation for his ex's mother waving a knife at him and telling him to leave the property.

The court heard the man's former girlfriend, with whom he has a young child, was in another part of the house when the altercation between her mother and the man took place.

The young couple have a volatile history and both have had protection orders issued against the other person.

In March this year, the man was placed on both a suspended jail sentence and probation after pleading guilty to slapping and choking the woman.

Just hours after leaving the courthouse the man assaulted the woman again.

On that occasion the two began arguing over their child and when the woman grabbed his shirt, the man reacted by "backhanding" her.

His violence was not reserved just for the woman and he later violently kicked the inside of a police car and abused police officers.

He also spat on cameras in the watchhouse cell.

Magistrate Graham Lee considered the man's sentence overnight on Tuesday.

He said finding the appropriate sentence for the man was not easy but conceded time behind bars was the only appropriate penalty.

In sentencing, Mr Lee said the hostility of the young woman's mother explained his anger during the June 30 incident, but it did not excuse his aggressive and dangerous behaviour.

"I can only say I agree with the prosecution that this was a violent act - you should have just left," Mr Lee said.

"My view is this is extremely serious and I don't know what it takes to impress upon you to modify your behaviour and control your anger.

"Imprisonment is the only option here."

He was sentenced to 12 months jail but will be released after two months.

Anybody who commits three domestic violence offences within a three-year period faces up to two years behind bars.

Topics:  domestic violence, jail term, warwick magistrates court



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