Man jailed for attack on ex
A GRAFTON man has been sent to jail for four-and-a-half years for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and violently attacking her in front of her children.
The 52-year-old, who is not named to protect the victim, was sentenced in Grafton District Court on five charges, including aggravated break and enter with intent to commit a serious indictable offence with people present.
The incident that led to charges being laid against him happened in November last year at a home in South Grafton.
The couple's relationship had ended more than a month earlier.
The woman was at her home with her three children when she heard her ex-boyfriend calling out to her to let him in.
She was scared because of a violent incident that happened a few days earlier that had caused her to seek a court order against him coming to her house.
Receiving no answer, the man went to the back door and tried to kick it down. He then reached through a broken window and unlocked the door.
Once inside, he punched the woman in the face and shoved her.
She managed to wrestle the man onto the verandah away from the children, where he twice bit her so hard on the arm that he removed tissue.
One of the children ran to a nearby house and called police. The victim was taken to Grafton Base Hospital with bruising and a swollen eye and the man was picked up by police down the road.
Police said he was heavily intoxicated and too drunk to be interviewed that night.
He was charged with aggravated break and enter, contravening an apprehended violence order, common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and maliciously damaging property.
He was sentenced to four-and-a-half-years in jail with a non-parole period of three years.