Serial offender to see New Year from prison

A SERIAL domestic violence offender will see in the New Year from prison, after being sentenced to 18 months for assaulting his ex-partner in her Grafton home.

David Fry, 23,appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday, pleading guilty to four domestic violence-related offences including larceny, trespass, common assault and stalk/intimidate.

All charges relate to incidents which occurred after Fry moved from the Central Coast to Grafton in May, the same place his ex-partner had moved to when their relationship ended in 2015.

According to police facts, there were several instances where Fry showed up to the victim's house.

On July 18, police were called to four separate jobs at the victim's premises following reports Fry had entered the house and she was screaming. By the time they got there, the offender had left.

The next day, he again tried to gain entry to her house through the rear door.

Police arrived in minutes and when they confronted him he fled, resulting in a foot pursuit down Villiers St and into Grafton Shoppingworld.

When the victim later made a statement in regards to the incident on July 19, she told police Fry had broken into the house by forcing a window, and found her hiding in a bedroom.

To stop her screaming, he grabbed her by the hair and covered her mouth with his hand, ripping hair from her head in the process.

He then said 'I haven't eaten for five days', took $5 and left.

These incidents occurred while he was on parole for the assault, occasioning bodily harm, of the same victim.

For the defence, Fry's solicitor said his defendant was exposed to domestic violence growing up, and had been homeless on and off since the age of 16.

He also told the court Fry had at times drunk heavily, used cannabis regularly and had in recent years also used the drug ice, but said he had been clean since he was entered into custody more than four months ago.

"He was in a relationship with this lady, and (the offence) occurred in his deluded way of thinking and reaching out for help," he said.

"He was homeless at the time and wanted to come and get some support."

Magistrate Robyn Denes said the seriousness of the charges, and Fry's history of domestic violence, meant he met the threshold for a custodial sentence.

"I am very much concerned that Mr Fry is one of those offenders who is going to continue his pattern of abuse until the most serious of offences has occurred, and then there will be no release for him.

With a non-parole period of six months, David Fry will be eligible for parole on April 19, 2017.

An AVO to protect the victim was also put in place for five years.



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