Man jailed for vicious attack on ex-girlfriend

WHEN Joshua Keith Wood discussed with his former girlfriend the possibility of them getting back together, not only did he breach an apprehended violence order, the conversation sparked a rampage that has landed him in jail for the next nine months.

Wood, 22, of Casuarina, on the Tweed Coast and formerly of Nimbin, was drinking at the Nimbin Hotel in July this year when he spotted his former girlfriend enter the pub with a friend.

He approached her to discuss ways of repairing their broken relationship.

She asked him to go away, but he didn't, gradually becoming more aggressive towards her.

Staff at the hotel then ordered Wood to leave.

The woman and her friend left the hotel before Wood and as they were walking past Nimbin's Retro Coffee Shop about 8pm, Wood spotted her.

He ripped his shirt off and started yelling as he walked towards her.

The women froze in terror and when Wood came close to his ex-girlfriend he pushed her friend out of the way.

Wood grabbed his former girlfriend by the hair and swung her to the ground. When her friend came to her aid she was also grabbed and thrown to the ground, with Wood standing over the two women throwing punches at them.

The women managed to get to their feet and move away, but Wood followed, repeatedly throwing his ex-girlfriend to the ground.

A male bystander came to the women's aid by grabbing Wood and pulling him away, giving them the chance to escape.

Wood continued his rampage, pushing over wheelie bins and yelling abuse.

He was arrested by police a short time later.

In the Lismore Local Court, Magistrate Kim Pogson said Wood obviously had a problem with alcohol and had breached his AVO with violence, which meant a custodial sentence could be imposed.

Wood had pleaded guilty to charges of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravening an AVO.

He was sentenced to 12 months' in jail, with a non- parole period of nine months, and was also fined $300.

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