Alcoholic escapes prison time

A GRANVILLE man who assaulted a woman after getting drunk at the pub has been sentenced to a suspended jail term.

Tony Joseph Casey was told to stay away from the Dundas Street home but he arrived there drunk on June 17 and started verbally and physically abusing the female occupant.

“He grabbed her by the throat, pushed her backwards towards a railing on the veranda and then struck the victim with a closed fist, hitting her on the mouth and causing her to bleed,” prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan told Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Defence lawyer Tammy Kerle said her client was an alcoholic.

“These offences happened four-and-a-half months ago and since that time he has become involved with Lifeline.

“He has not had a drink at all since this incident and has been meeting with a counsellor every week.”

Magistrate Dennis Beutel fined Casey $500 and sentenced him to one months jail, wholly suspended for six months.



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