‘No jail alternative’ for domestic violence breach

A MAN described by his solicitor as probably having "an undiagnosed mental illness," was jailed in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday for three domestic violence offences.

The man pleaded guilty to breaching the non-contact provisions of a Domestic Violence Order twice in March and once in April this year.

The breaches included 66 text messages sent at "all hours", the court was told.

They allegedly included one threatening suicide and others containing personal abuse and threats directed at the aggrieved.

At one point he had nearly driven his ex-partner's sister off the road and then said it looked like he nearly got the wrong person, in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

He attended his ex-partner's house, asking to see his children and said he was camping at Inskip Point, where police found him.

Police told the court the man, who appeared by video link from jail, was already on a suspended sentence and two sets of probation for offences of violence, including domestic violence.

The man's legal representative said he had worked in abattoirs, security, construction and had been an interstate truck driver.

"He probably has an undiagnosed mental illness and wants to be involved with his children," his solicitor told the Court.

There had been no physical violence in the offences and he had also been concerned about drug use in the house where his children lived.

His DVO included permission for contact by text message on matters of access to his children, but his messages were being ignored.

"His actions were totally inappropriate but triggered by mental health issues that make it impossible for him to deal with issues as cleverly as others."

"There is no alternative to actual imprisonment," Magistrate Mr M Bice said, sentencing the man to two months' jail, including 39 days already served, plus a cumulative suspended sentence of three months.

He is due for parole on June 6.

Gympie Times

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