Grafton man jailed over intimidation, assault on partner

A GRAFTON man sentenced over serious domestic violence offences will be released from jail just before his pregnant partner is due to give birth.

Wade Snowden, 24, appeared in Grafton Local Court via audio-visual link yesterday, after pleading guilty to charges of driving in a manner dangerous, intimidation and common assault.

The court heard that the offences stemmed from a verbal argument between Snowden and his partner at a South Grafton house about 6.30pm on December 4.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said the victim then left the house, and began to walk towards the CBD.

On a footpath in Ryan St soon after, Snowden drove up in front of her and blocked her path, demanding she get in the car.

She refused and kept walking, and as a result he reversed the car before again blocking her path twice more in an "aggressive, intimidating fashion".

When the victim ran to the front of a house, he drove the vehicle directly up to her, got out of the car and took hold of her shoulders and hair, trying to force her into the vehicle.

She got away, and witnesses called the police.

The magistrate said it was concerning that the victim may have been pregnant at the time of the assault.

At the time of the offences, Snowden was also serving a lengthy parole period for an armed robbery in company.

Magistrate Denes said there was no excuse or explanation which could be put to her by the defendant.

"To use a vehicle in that fashion is just an extension of the domestic violence," she said.

Snowden was sentenced to a total of 15 months prison, with a non parole period of seven months. He will be eligible for release on July 3, 2017.



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