Rehabilitation saves man from jail

THE dangers of life in a ‘share house’ were exposed after Goonellabah man Peter Maurice Cooper received a jail sentence for an apparent unprovoked attack on his housemate’s boyfriend.

Cooper, 37, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to assault causing bodily harm to Mani Alexander at 4am on December 6 at a Milgate Crescent house. He head-butted the young man in the face causing his nose to bleed.

Police facts stated Mr Alexander had to barricade himself in his girlfriend’s bedroom after being head-butted, with Cooper bashing and kicking the door.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said Cooper’s criminal record included assaults and that two previous community service orders had not changed his behaviour or made an impact on him.

She said it was not appropriate to impose another one because it would not punish him.

Ms Denes sentenced Cooper to nine months’ jail suspended, saying he was on his way to rehabilitate himself through programs at The Buttery.



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