DV offender released from jail
A MURGON man has been released from prison after breaching a domestic violence order three times in three months.
The 48-year-old man appeared via video link from prison, charged with contravening a domestic violence order.
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said an order was made in the Murgon Magistrates Court on June 6, prohibiting the man from within 100 metres of the aggrieved's home or workplace.
"On August 14, the defendant approached the aggrieved's Murgon residence and entered the front yard.
"The aggrieved's dog started barking loudly and she came outside, saw the defendant and said, 'What are you doing here? You're not allowed here'," Sgt Stevens said.
"The defendant said, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry', and quickly walked away and down the street."
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said the defendant had been in a relationship with the aggrieved on and off for about 12 years, and have three children together.
"About 18 months ago he suffered significant injuries in relation to a home invasion, including a fractured skull, brain damage and ongoing issues," he said.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said the defendant had breached the order three times.
"One of those offences was in June, one was on August 8, and then this one was August 14," she said.
"The seriousness of your conduct is that you went back again to the aggrieved's home when you'd just been convicted on August 9 for breaching the order.
"You were refused bail as an unacceptable risk of committing further offences and I can certainly understand why," she said.
"You've suffered a significant consequence by being in jail for 35 days."
Magistrate Pink recorded the conviction, and sentenced the defendant to 35 days' imprisonment.
"I declare that the entire period of pre-sentence custody be time already served," she said.
"I fix your parole release date as of today. You are free to go."