Man jailed for bashing de facto with pool cue

A CASINO man who attacked his de facto wife with a pool cue, then hit her with a chair, has been jailed for at least 13 months.

Colin Anthony Hickling, 25, pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court to the malicious wounding, and assault causing bodily harm, of Belinda Binge at Casino on July 11, 2007, during a drinking session.

Judge James Black called it a serious and unpleasant attack on Hickling's partner.

He said it was unfortunate Hickling failed to complete an in-house alcohol rehabilitation course at the Namatjira Haven drug and alcohol healing centre, and absconded before being arrested last month.

“His record is not a good one, with previous incidents of violence,” Judge Black said. “I feel very sorry for the children who have to live in these circumstances.”

He sentenced Hickling to 18 months' jail, and set a non-parole period of 13 months.

Taking into account time already served, Hickling will be eligible for release next June.

In agreed facts put by the Crown, Hickling and other adults had been drinking alcohol throughout the day when at 10.20pm he became angry with Ms Binge.

When she ignored his request to go to the bed- room, Hickling came at her with the pool cue hitting her five times on the head, causing wounds to her scalp and blood to pour down her face.

When she put her hands over her head trying to protect herself, Hickling continued to belt Ms Binge with the pool cue.

He then picked up a chair and threw it at her.

The chair hit Ms Binge before smashing a hole in the wall beside her head.

Defence barrister David Imlah said Hickling decided to abscond at an AA meeting because of arguments between people attending the healing centre.

Mr Imlah said Hickling had had a chronic drinking problem since he was 14.

He said Hickling and Ms Binge were still a couple, adding 'she obviously loves her partner'.

Judge Black said the attitude of the victim did not carry much weight.

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