Knives held at woman's throat

JOSHUA MOON went over to the dark side when he breached an Apprehended Violence Order in a destructive rampage that trashed his girlfriend's flat at Tweed Heads South.

A dining table, Gyprock walls, a microwave and doors were smashed during his demolition handiwork just after midnight on May 28, during which he told his girlfriend 'I'm going back to jail tonight'.

Moon, 20, a labourer from Chinderah, also held three knives to her neck before the young woman got away and hid in the garden, calling triple-0 on her mobile.

Moon will serve at least nine months' jail after pleading guilty in Lismore Local Court to maliciously destroying property; contravening a court-imposed AVO; and entering a dwelling with intent.

In police facts, Moon woke the sleeping woman by banging on her front door and once inside began a torrent of verbal abuse before going into a bedroom with the knives.

Police described the scene inside the flat as broken furniture strewn around the lounge room and kitchen floors. The lounge, television, microwave and other household items were tipped over the floor with 'holes and gouges' to the walls and splintered door frames.

Defence evidence revealed Moon's troubled background to Magistrate Michael Dakin.

Mr Dakin imposed a sentence of 15 months with, a non-parole of nine months. When released Moon must remain under supervised parole for rehabilitation of his alcohol-related problems.



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