A man charged with a domestic incident, during which he punched the victim in the stomach and threatened via text message to do further harm, was given a suspended prison sentence in Mudgee Local Court last week.
Cameron Farmer, aged 23, of Mortimer Street, Mudgee, was sentenced to an 18-month Intensive Correction Order with a condition with treatment for drugs and ordered to complete 100 hours community service, for the charges of 'Common assault (domestic)' and 'Stalk/intimidate intend physical etc harm (domestic)'
At about 3.30pm on Saturday, April 20, 2019, an interaction between Farmer and the victim turned into an argument, which became physical when he punched her three times in the stomach. The victim left and Farmer sent her a text message, threatening to "kick you in the guts".
His legal-aid solicitor, Jessica Meech, told the court that her client "spiralled" after a break-up, resumed using methamphetamine and stopped working. And added he wanted to move to Dubbo, "to stay away from negative peers".
Magistrate David Day said a mitigating circumstance was that "he identifies the connection between his drug use and offending". However, he added the incident was aggravated by the fact that it occurred in the presence of children.
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