Man blames drugs for terrifying DV breach
A 35-year-old man can't remember the night of August 2 when he broke into his partner's home carrying knives or yelling at her as she locked herself in a bathroom.
He couldn't remember giving police a fake name when they arrived at the property, but he accepted all of the above was true when he entered guilty pleas to contravene a domestic violence order and contravene direction or requirement of police in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.
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Appearing by videolink from the Gladstone watch house, the 35-year-old was fidgety and began crying as his punishment was determined.
The court was told he had been released on parole just days before this offence occurred.
Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client had been in custody since April 29 and while he was there was provided a sleeping medication.
He said on the night of the offence he had taken an illicit drug combined with the other medication and as a result could not remember what happened but accepted the facts.
Mr Pepito pointed out there was no physical violence during the incident.
However, police prosecutor Kelvin Boyd said the victim had locked herself in the bathroom to protect herself from any violence.
Mr Boyd said the man had five prior DV breach convictions and had shown a contemptuous disregard for court orders.
The man was sentenced to six months imprisonment eligible for parole on October 2 with one day declared already served.
Anyone seeking help in a domestic violence situation should contact:
1800-Respect: 1800 737 732
Gladstone Women's Health: 1800 749 222
DV Connect Womensline: 1800 811 811
DV Connect Mensline: 1800 600 636
Policelink 131 444 or 000 in an emergency.