Hearing: Breach of 12 month good behaviour order.
Facts: In February 2014, BJ was sentenced for burglary, minor theft and common assault. These charges arose out of the breakdown of a relationship between BJ, then aged 17, and the female complainant. He was sentenced to a 12 month good behaviour order, including a condition that he undertake the Cognitive Self-Change Program. Nearly 5 months after BJ was sentenced, he began another serious of offences against another ex-partner. These offences involved: taking his ex-partner’s car keys, damaging her car and stealing the car; using a false Facebook identity to taunt her with pictures of the car hidden in a forest; attempting to get her (alone) to meet him in the forest; further damaging the car; and making a series of harassing phone calls to his ex-partner. He was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for these offences, 3 months served in full time custody and 6 months suspended subject to a 24 month good behaviour order. The matter was referred to Penfold J here to deal with the breach of the earlier imposed good behaviour order.
Issue/s: Whether further action is warranted in light of BJ’s breach of a good behaviour order.
Decision and Reasoning: Penfold J noted that he was incorrect in his 2014 sentencing remarks and BJ did in fact have a tendency to behave inappropriately in the context of failed intimate relationships. He noted that this behaviour needed to be addressed as early as possible. Penfold J imposed a new good behaviour order for 2 years subject to the following conditions: accept the supervision of ACT Corrective Services and obey all reasonable directions, under take counselling courses, programs or treatments, and undertake either one or both of a Men’s Cognitive Self-Change Program and a Family Violence Cognitive Self-Change Program.