Short jail term for mum basher

A MAN who bashed his mother and pleaded guilty to 11 other offences will serve one third of his 15-month sentence in prison.

Warwick Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday that the worst of 30-year-old Wallangarra man, Patrick Garth Harrison's string of offences was an assault on his mother, which left her with facial injuries.

In sentencing, Magistrate Anne Thacker said she was concerned about the safety of the community and of his mother.

“My concern is understanding how a 30-year-old like you has reason for your behaviour,” she said. “In the presentence report it refers to concerns about your best friend passing away, but that was a long time ago.

“I can't accept that could be the one influential factor on your behaviour.

“You have no connection to anyone other than your sister and she is the one looking out for you, but my concern is for the safety of the community, including your mother.”

Harrison pleaded guilty to evading a fare, common assault, wilful damage, two counts of assault or obstructing a police officer, two counts of breach of bail, driving under the influence, driving without a licence, possession of drugs and wilful damage of police property

Magistrate Thacker said she was worried about fair and just sentencing when Harrison had “such a dreadful criminal history for violence since 1997”.

Ordered to serve one third of his 15-month sentence, Harrison will be released on parole on February 30, as he had already spent 49 days in prison.

For fare evasion he was fined $300 and ordered to pay restitution of $154.90.


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