Youth assaults pregnant girlfriend

A LISMORE teenager who assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and his mother has been placed on a nine-month control order fully suspended, with an 18-month supervised probation.

The youth, 15, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Children’s Court to committing the two assaults on December 30 last year.

Magistrate Robyn Denes ordered his probation be supervised by Juvenile Justice.

She said its report on the youth was ‘concerning’ because he had only come off a suspended sentence before he ‘snapped in a big way’.

It was also revealed his 15-year-old girlfriend was pregnant.

Defence lawyer Jasmine Perry said her client came from a very unstable background with no positive male role model.

She said there had been a previous grouping of four offences committed within six months when the youth was drinking and smoking cannabis that had been dealt with by a court-imposed suspended control order.

“This fresh incident arose when his mother told him she was leaving again after only coming back into his life,” Ms Perry said.

“He wants to finish his Year 10 certificate through TAFE.”

“He is barely coping with being a child himself and now he is to be a parent himself,” Magistrate Denes said.

Ms Denes said that given the manner his mother had treated him his behaviour toward her was ‘understandable’.

“But it just doesn’t have to be this way,” Ms Denes told him.

She said there were plenty of young Aborigines who came from deprived backgrounds who decided to do better – ‘prove your mother wrong’.

Ms Denes said hitting his girlfriend and his mother was domestic violence.

She said she understood how disappointed he was about his mother, but to do what he did to his girlfriend, who was pregnant with his baby, would have caused her fear and made it hard to have complete trust in him.

“Anyone who hits a young girl who is pregnant should go to jail,” Ms Denes said.

She said he was not yet 16 and she would suspend the control order, but if he breached it he would ‘go in’.

Police facts before the court stated the youth became agitated at his family home and grabbed his girlfriend several times and shook her.

He later pulled her by the hair, put his fist near her head in a threatening manner, grabbed her by the throat, and pushed her up against a wall causing a minor wound and a sprain to her right elbow.

He threw a can opener at his mother that hit her, and threatened to throw a chair before throwing a pair of scissors that ‘stabbed into a wall’ 2m above the floor.

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