Man sentenced for assault, stalking

A MARYBOROUGH man has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for stalking his ex-girlfriend and then, just one month later, assaulting his new girlfriend.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard this week that David John Arthur left his ex-girlfriend rattled on the evening of April 26 when he tracked her down at a friend’s Maryborough home.

The court was told the 25-year-old defendant approached the woman, who was sitting in a car, and banged loudly on the driver’s side window. He then started yelling abuse at the victim.

Later that evening the victim went to the police station to make a complaint.

While she was there the defendant repeatedly called her mobile phone and this was witnessed by the police officers on duty.

The court heard the second offence of common assault was sparked on May 25 when Arthur accidentally hurt his girlfriend while climbing over her.

Police prosecutor Chris Elder said the couple became engaged in an argument but the situation got even more heated when the woman started to cry.

“The defendant held the victim down while crying and told her stop repeatedly,” he said.

“The victim was unable to do so ... then he pushed her off the bed.”

The argument was eventually put to a stop by the defendant’s father.

Arthur, who had no criminal history, was sentenced to six months imprisonment with immediate parole.



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