A man who headbutted a person in a domestic violence related assault has narrowly avoided prison.
Young Local Court heard that in July this year Mitchell James Grace, 23, from Wallendbeen, armed himself with a fire poker before entering a home in Young, headbutting a person and damaging furniture.
On Tuesday, December 8, Grace was sentenced to 12 months jail to be served in the community by an intensive corrections order, convicted of armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV related), destroy property and common assault (DV related).
Facts reveal how Grace had attended a residence in Young about 12.50am on July 12, 2020, and used a fire poker to tap windows while saying "let me in".
After entering the home, he headbutted a person twice. He left and returned a short time later, damaged a number of wardrobe draws and pushed a person.
Grace was arrested on July 14 at Wallendbeen and he made full admissions. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Young Local Court.
At court, his representative said Grace had acknowledged his actions were wrong and he had taken full responsibility.
The court also heard the offending was "fueled by illicit substances". Magistrate Michael O'Brien said the offending "beggars belief".
"You'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of what the community thinks about domestic violence," Mr O'Brien said. "Learn from this moment of failure, Mr Grace," he added.
Grace will be subject to an intensive corrections order until December 7 next year, with conditions to undertake drug and alcohol counselling.
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