Second chance for domestic violence offender
A MOTHER of five was too scared to call the police after her drunk husband convinced one of their children to let him into the family home he was legally banned from.
A court heard the man entered his partner's home, where the couple's children also live, uninvited and unannounced after attending work drinks in Bowen on May 1.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told Proserpine Magistrates Court the mother had a domestic violence order against the man, which he broke by entering her home.
"One of the kids let him in without the aggrieved knowing," Sgt Myors said.
"He was in an intoxicated state.
"He started abusing her and accusing her of having an affair."
The defendant was on parole at the time of the offence.
The man pleaded guilty this week, after 72 days of pre-sentence custody, to contravening a domestic violence order and obstructing police.
The father of five pleaded with Magistrate James Morton and explained he wanted to move on from his recent domestic violence case.
"I don't want to be in prison, I really don't belong here," he said.
"I want to concentrate on moving on with my life."
Sgt Myors said although there was a lack of "actual violence", the incident had left the mother "so fearful of the defendant that she asked her children to call someone else to call the police".
"He has an issue with alcohol and parole and not yet deterred him," she said.
"His repeat offending warrants a period of imprisonment to be imposed."
Solicitor Ali Ladd said the man had gone to his partner's house to see his children and to discuss ending the marriage with the aggrieved.
He'd also made comments to the mother about ending his own life, which Miss Ladd said he now knew was a form of domestic violence.
Mr Morton warned about the outcome for the man if he continued with his criminal ways, adding it was up to the defendant to keep himself out of jail.
"I'm sure you were a good person at some stage but your criminal history in domestic violence is terrible," Mr Morton said.
"I'm going to give you the opportunity to prove everyone wrong though.
"You've got kids to look after so think about that and if you haven't learnt the lesson already, you aren't to go to the woman's house."
The man was sentenced to six months' jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.