Man jailed for 'glassing' defacto

A MAN who 'glassed' his defacto wife at their Ballina home in January has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Lionel John Bolt, 36, was convicted in Lismore Local Court of recklessly wounding his partner, with Magistrate James Black saying the 'attack' had left the woman with 'significant' injuries to her face and eye.

“The facts are unpleasant,” he said.

The woman was forced to undergo surgery as a result of the January 16 attack and Mr Black said she was likely to suffer scarring or 'possible nerve damage'.

“Unfortunately this offender has carried out offences of violence in the past,” he said.

But Mr Black also acknowledged Bolt's ongoing battle with alcohol.

Bolt, who has two daughters, spent four months in Namatjira Haven rehabilitation centre in Alstonville in an effort to beat his addiction.

However, he relapsed after the murder of his aunt.

Mr Black also said Bolt had a 'quite shocking background' with regards to his childhood.

“There might be, in due course, some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

Bolt told the court he was keen to start a career as a singer/songwriter and an artist when he was released from jail.

“I am at the age where I have thought about my life and where it is going,” he said.

He said he was 'incredibly sorry and ashamed' for hurting his partner, and said he only started drinking again because he could not cope with his aunt's murder.

He also said he drank when he was bored.

“I have got to do something about my life now, before it is too late. I want to change and I believe that I can. I will do what- ever it takes,” he said.

In sentencing Bolt Mr Black said the offender 'presented well in the witness box'.

Bolt was given a non-parole period of 21 months. He will be eligible for release on October 16 next year.

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