Teen attacks two women in 'explosive moment of rage'
A TEENAGER is doing jail time after attacking two women with fence palings and threatening one of them with a smashed beer bottle.
When arguing with his partner the 18-year-old Cherbourg man threw a glass bottle at the fence behind her.
When the teen believed the victim called him a "daddy sucker", he retaliated by ripping off a fence paling.
He then swung the paling at her legs, and knocked her to the ground.
Two months later he smashed up the inside of his mother's house while his partner was inside, breaching an order in place to protect the victim.
He broke two windows at the front of the house and threw a piece of wood through a window on the side of the house.
At a Cherbourg house party a month later, the man saw his partner in the bathroom and forced himself inside.
He swore at her and smashed a beer bottle over the side of the vanity.
He grabbed his partner's arm, while the woman's sister was watching.
He then pushed her sister against the back fence and told his partner he would hang and kill himself if she didn't go home with him.
He returned to the women with a fence paling and using both hands swung it at the sister.
She raised her arms to protect her face and the paling broke her left arm.
When police attended his home and yelled "stop, you are under arrest" he attempted to escape through the front door.
When he was arrested and interviewed, he admitted to snapping at the party and hitting his partner's sister with a stick.
The man faced Kingaroy District Court on March 18 for assault occasioning in bodily harm as a domestic violence offence, assault occasioning bodily harm while armed (DV offence) and two charges of contravening a domestic violence order.
He faced a charge for obstructing a police officer, wilful damage (DV offence) and driving without a licence.
Defence barrister Catherine Cuthbert said the man seemed to have "exploded and lashed out".
"We can categorise them as striking out in an explosive moment of rage as opposed to a more sustained attack," she said.
Miss Cuthbert said the man had been hit hard by a suicide in the family and has spoken about getting his life back on track.
"He told me in the cells that during his time in custody he has come to the realisation that if he wants to sort his life out he is going to have to leave Cherbourg, because he gets drawn into a world of despair, drug and alcohol abuse and then violence which are a consequence of those mental states," she said.
Judge Nicole Kefford warned the teenager against using drugs to cope with a suicide in the family.
"While it might have felt to you that ice was helping you cope it clearly wasn't," Kingaroy judge Nicole Kefford said.
"It results in offending which will only get in the way of you living a productive life in society.
"Ice is a particularly addictive drug and those who use it constantly come before the court because it leads to nothing good."
Judge Kefford convicted and sentenced the man to two years prison for assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.
Judge Kefford set parole for six months due to his chance of being rehabilitated as a young offender and the circumstances of his upbringing and death in the family.
For bodily harm domestic violence he is imprisoned for 18 months, to be released on parole on June 11.
For contravening a domestic violence order and obstructing a police officer he is convicted and not further punished.
For driving without a licence he is convicted and disqualified from driving for two years.
Pre-sentence custody of 96 days from December 12 to March 17 is deemed as time served.
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