A man charged with a serious domestic assault - committed six days into parole for earlier domestic offences – avoided jail after the court found pre-sentence custody and drug/alchohol rehabilitation was satisfactory.
Kane Adams, of Green Gully Road, Bocoble, was sentenced to 20-months imprisonment with a non-parole period of eight months and additional fixed term of six months. Both of which were backdated to include the nine months custody while he was refused bail and seven months of residential rehabilitation.
On February 17, 2016, Adams was jailed for breaching an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) by calling the protected person over 600 times while being held in custody for two months for a domestic violence incident.
He appealed the severity of the sentence to the District Court, which was upheld on April 5, 2016, and he was released on parole.
Then on April 12 Adams and the victim became involved in a heated argument. He threw her to the ground, straddled her and hit her repeated in the face. The incident occurred while children were present before they fled the premises, seeking refuge at a neighbouring property, fearing the victim had been killed due to bruising and bleeding sustained.
Adams was also charged with intimidating and resisting police when he was sentenced on February 17, 2016, after he struggled with officers and made threats to kill them as he was taken from the courtroom.
His legal-aid solicitor, Ingrid Bown, told Mudgee Local Court that her client’s rehabilitation was the first time he’s addressed his drug and alcohol issues, which were connected to his anger and violent behaviour.
Magistrate Clare Farnan said viewing the photos of the victim’s injuries “it’s not difficult to feel a sense of revulsion”. However, said the pre-sentence term and rehabilitation acted as “quasi-custody” and she “considers it appropriate” to not impose further imprisonment.