Lismore Court House.
Lismore Court House.

Community service for stabbing

A CASINO man who stabbed his girlfriend with a pair of scissors during a violent domestic attack at Tabulam in 2009 has been ordered to do community service over the incident.

Richard Exton appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing charges including reckless wounding, causing grievous bodily harm and resisting arrest in relation to the November 25 attack on Barbara Pholi.The court heard there had been an extensive history of domestic violence between Exton and Pholi since they began dating in 2005.

Police facts handed to the court stated Exton went to Pholi's home two months, after being released from jail on other matters and after drinking for hours with friends.

When he got to the house he knocked on Pholi's bedroom window sometime between 3am and 3.30am, she let him in and an argument ensued.

The court heard during the argument Pholi grabbed a pair of silver scissors and stabbed Exton in the shoulder.

Exton then grabbed the scissors from Pholi and stabbed her in the knee.

He then fled the house leaving Pholi to seek assistance at Bonalbo Hospital before she was transferred to Lismore Base Hospital.

Pholi was treated for a puncture wound and then discharged.

Acting on information police arrested Exton at the Jubullum Medical Centre at Tabulam on December 8 after a violent struggle.

In sentencing Exton, Magistrate R Denes stressed that "domestic violence is always a serious matter".

"When ever there is scissors and a wounding in a domestic that is serious," she said.

On the charge of reckless wounding Ms Denes ordered Exton to perform 200 hours community service and attend 30 hours of developmental programs, specifically a domestic abuse program.

Exton was placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond for resisting arrest.

The prosecution withdrew charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm against Exton.

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