Charges: Breach of domestic violence order
Appeal type: Appeal against sentence
Facts: The appellant was the subject of a domestic violence order to protect his former partner (the victim). While serving a sentence of imprisonment for previous offences committed against the victim, the appellant breached the domestic violence order by sending the victim a letter. The content of the letter included apologising for his actions and for harming the victim. When asked why he sent the letter, the appellant replied ‘Broken heart, saying sorry and all that’ and that he was not aware it was a contravention of the domestic violence order. The appellant was convicted and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment to commence at the end of his prior sentence.
The full no-contact domestic violence order was initially ordered after the appellant entered the victim’s house, removed all her clothes and burned them in the garden while she was not home. Following this, the appellant breached the order by texting the victim 17 times. The messages included threatening the victim, threatening self-harm and declaring his ‘undying love’. As a result of this conduct, the appellant was fined $750 and placed on a good behaviour bond. Sometime after recommencing their relationship, the appellant went to the victim’s workplace with two knives and a hammer and subsequently chased, punched and kicked the victim and threatened to kill her. The appellant was charged and convicted of aggravated assault, for which he was serving a term of imprisonment at the time of the current offending.
Decision and reasoning: The appeal was dismissed.