Man jailed for bashing de facto

’TIS the season to be merry, but in Lismore Local Court there was no merriment on Tuesday as dozens of people sought Apprehended Violence Orders against partners, former partners or neighbours.

One Goonellabah father was jailed for 12 months after beating up his former de facto, leaving her battered and bloodied.

Magistrate Robyn Denes sentenced Richard Keith Smith, 27, to two years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 12 months, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the 22-year-old woman, causing her bodily harm, on October 17.

He also pleaded guilty to being armed with intent to commit an assault (a kitchen knife); stalking, intimidating and making threats; and contravening an AVO.

Ms Denes gave Smith a stern talking to, saying that for too many years domestic violence was simply hidden under the carpet andregarded as not being the business of the courts.

But this was not the way of the world any more, with offences of violent domestic attacks treated in real seriousness, she said.

“Such conduct is brutal, cowardly and inexcusable,” she said.

“I do hope Mr Smith is not beyond redemption. He will need a significant length of parole.

“I warn you if you commit any offences while on parole you will go in for a very long time. You need to make changes to try and break this cycle of violence.”

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