Coffs man jailed for assault

A COFFS Harbour man grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and punched her in the head a number times, when he woke up in the night and wanted the setting of a fan in the room changed, Grafton Local Court heard yesterday.

Jacob Marcus Hollingsworth appeared in court yesterday to answer charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

Police said the initial assault occurred at 1am on February 2.

The next day his victim complained to a neighbour who took photos of the injuries.

On the morning of February 6 Hollingsworth asked his girlfriend to scratch his back and then kicked her in the leg, causing her pain and distress.

At 11pm the same night he was checking images on the victim’s mobile phone and noticed the images of her injuries from the earlier assault.

He flew into a rage and threatened the girl so loudly a neighbour intervened.

The barrage continued until the girl, fearing for her safety, went to the neighbour’s unit.

After more threats police were called to the scene and Hollingsworth was arrested and charged.

The court heard that Hollingsworth, who has been in custody since March 8, had a difficult life and was attempting to take anger management courses.

Magistrate Kim Pogson described Hollingsworth’s attack on his girlfriend as ‘cowardly’ and pointed out that he had a record of similar attacks.

He sentenced Hollingsworth to nine months jail with a six-month non-parole period for the assault occasioning actual bodily harm and three months jail for the common assault.

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