Bonalbo man sentenced to two years
A BONALBO man who beat his partner and committed driving offences has been sentenced to two years' in prison.
Cecil George Hickling was found driving intoxicated at Tabulam in September last year.
A police officer stopped Hickling when he saw his car swerving along the Bruxner Highway.
Hickling and four male passengers were all drunk.
When asked for his driver's licence, Hickling told the officer he did not have one.
A breath test revealed Hickling had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.098 and he was arrested.
But when the police officer placed Hickling in the rear of the police vehicle he discovered there was no pad- lock on the door to secure Hickling inside.
The officer went to the cab of the vehicle to get the padlock, and on his return Hickling had escaped into nearby bushland.
When asked where Hickling had gone the remaining four men had nothing to say.
Then in May this year Hickling began beating his partner during an argument in the lounge room of their home in Bonalbo.
Terrified, the woman ran into the backyard of their home with Hickling chasing her with a mop.
She screamed for neighbours to call the police, which they did. Hickling ran away.
When police arrived they found him walking down a nearby street, but when he saw them he took off and ran back to his house and hid in the laundry where he was apprehended.
In Lismore Local Court last Friday, Hickling was sentenced to two years' in jail, backdated to May 7 and with a non-parole period of 15 months.