Wife basher gets weekend detention

BASHING his pregnant wife in front of their children earned Gabriel Lee Boota 18-months periodic detention in Kyogle Local Court.

Police had argued against a plea by Boota’s lawyer, Peter Walsh, for a community service sentence, saying anything less than a custodial penalty would be manifestly inadequate considering his shocking record, which included other domestic violence, stalking and intimidation.

On the night of October 9, Boota, 26, of Inverell, had dragged his wife along the hallway and punched her several times in the upper body, said prosecuting sergeant Brett Asser, causing bruising and swelling to her face, a lump on her head and bruising and grazing to the back.

“For him to walk out of here today would send a message to the public that the courts were not taking violence against women seriously,” Sgt Asser said.



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