Man jailed had 'good future'

A MAN who assaulted his ex-partner just days after being given a suspended sentence for the same offence was a 'young, bright man' who 'had a good future ahead of him', a court has been told.

Solicitor John Hennessy said James Darren King, formerly of Maclean, presented as an articulate young man who accepted he had done something wrong.

He said King admitted to breaching an apprehended violence order by going to his ex-partner's house last June while drunk and verbally and physically assaulting her.

As a result, King was in Grafton Local Court on Monday to be sentenced on three charges - common assault, contravening an AVO and failing to appear in accordance with his bail undertaking.

King's solicitor said the 26-year-old had moved to Queensland since the incident to ensure there were no more AVO breaches.

“He's moved away and doesn't wish to cause any more trouble to this person,” Mr Hennessy said.

He said King also accepted he would not be able to see his children, who all lived with his ex-partner in Orange.

But Magistrate Kim Pogson said King had used up all his chances and would have to be jailed.

It was the second time in less than a year that King had breached the AVO by assaulting his ex-partner, he said.

Last June, King was put on a nine-month suspended sentence for an AVO breach and ordered to do community service for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Sixteen days after he was sentenced, King again breached the AVO by going to his ex-partner's house and verbally and physically assaulting her.

For breaking the conditions of his bond, Mr Pogson revoked the suspended sentence and jailed King for nine months, with six months non-parole period.

“Your violence against women, particularly ones with children, cannot be tolerated,” the magistrate told him.

King was also sentenced to six months jail for common assault and contravening the AVO. All the jail sentences are to be served concurrently.



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