A man was sentenced to jail on Wednesday for stabbing his former girlfriend as well as other domestic violence offences committed against her and a subsequent partner.
The 23-year-old man is not named to protect the identity of the victims. He was found guilty in Orange Local Court on the second day of a hearing after he pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard the man and woman had both been using meth and got into a fight on October 21, 2019.
Police arrived at a Glenroi address where witnesses told them a woman had been stabbed.
They found her and discovered she had shallow wounds to the upper left of her body.
She was taken to hospital to have the wounds cleaned and dressed and said the man stabbed her with a steak knife.
The man was also injured and required surgery on his hand, he also had cuts on his head where he said she hit him with a cup.
A few days later the man contravened a non-contact apprehended domestic violence order by sitting in the same car as the woman and on October 28 he again contravened the ADVO when he went to her house and refused to leave then started cooking the last of her food, which prompted .
In a confrontation he said, "I'll smash you". He continued to yell at her and she armed herself with a knife and struck him a number of times in what police said was self defence. Witnesses fled and she also escaped when he looked in a mirror to check out his injuries.
On November 30, 2020, he intimidated another ex-girlfriend when he called her from jail, questioned who had been visiting and threatened her saying, "I'm going to burn yas out," and that he would give her "a hiding".
He was in custody after breaching his bail by visiting Orange last week and going on an "ice binge" and solicitor Jo Collings said he was still coming down from the drugs on Wednesday.
She said he had suffered as a child then spent time in juvenile detention at the age of 12 and 14 before going to adult jail.
All the matters are so serious a time of imprisonment is required.Magistrate David Day
Police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Riley said the man's earlier relationship appeared to be centred around a mutual like of meth.
"It's no doubt it's a toxic relationship that's been going on for some time," he said.
However, Sergeant Riley also conceded the man had little formal education and "he's had a very rough trot" in his life so far.
The man muttered and mumbled to himself throughout his sentencing and only looked up when the custodial officers when to take him back down to the cells before being transported to jail.
Magistrate David Day sentenced him to 18 months' jail with a nine-month non-parole period taking into account five months and five days he has spent in pre-sentence custody since 2019.
"All the matters are so serious a time of imprisonment is required," Mr Day said.
Mr Day also gave him an 18-month community correction order requiring that he abstain from drugs for contravening the ADVO on October 24, 2019, when he was found in the same car as the victim.
Mr Day took into account the man's young age, lengthy remand and need for community-based drug and domestic violence rehabilitation but said there was a need for general deterrence as well as specific deterrence for the man as well as punishment for his offending.
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