Jailed for picking up pound-bound pooch
A SOUTHERN Downs man who breached a domestic violence order to retrieve his dog will spend the next two months behind bars.
In the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday it was heard the 32-year-old received a text from his ex-wife in September last year, telling him to retrieve his dog from her home or she would take it to the pound.
As the man was putting the dog in his car, it ran across the road and back into his ex-wife's front yard.
His ex-wife's partner then picked up a metal pole and threatened the man, although he soon dropped it and the couple turned around to walk back inside.
The man picked up the pole before hurling it towards the couple, where it bounced off a chair and struck his ex-wife on the leg.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey sentenced the man to 12 months jail for breaching the order, with the sentence to be suspended after he serves two months.
Mr Manthey said he wanted to send a message with the sentence. "These are serious charges and there was a weapon involved," Mr Manthey said.
"You're not a cleanskin and you're not young with no history of poor behaviour.
"The seriousness of this incident is that you've breached your order and gone to her house, no matter what the reason.
"I want this penalty to be a strong deterrent to both yourself and others."
The man's lawyer argued he had only attended because of permission from his ex-wife, and said he was taking positive steps to recover from a long-term drug and alcohol addiction.
Mr Manthey said he took into account that the man had sought rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues, as well as entering into an early guilty plea.
"You've demonstrated that you're willing to make some positive changes," Mr Manthey said.