Jealousy sparked rampage

A MAN went on a violent rampage across Bundaberg threatening his girlfriend with a knife, dislocating his neighbour's collarbone and swerving his car at pedestrians, a court was told.

The 25-year-old Svensson Heights man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm, dangerous driving, common assault and drink driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said just after 3am on July 11, police were called to an “urgent domestic violence” situation in Svensson Street.

Police investigations revealed the defendant and his girlfriend had been drinking at the Central Hotel when they had an argument about the woman's ex-boyfriend.

The pair left the hotel, with the defendant driving his car as he “screamed and yelled” at the woman.

Snr Const Ward said the defendant was not braking or slowing for roundabouts and driving at dangerous speeds.

“He deliberately swerved the vehicle off the road toward a group of four people,” she said.

Back at the defendant's home, he threatened his girlfriend with a knife before throwing a chair at her.

When the man's 45-year-old neighbour came to investigate the noise, he pushed her in the chest, causing her to fall and dislocate her collarbone and hurt her spine.

He then left in his car, smashing into his girlfriend's car on the way out.

When police located him and asked how much he had to drink, he replied: “Too much. I dunno, about 20.”

He returned a blood alcohol reading of .102.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client was “deeply remorseful for his conduct”.

Mr Burgess said his client had been visited by his now ex-girlfriend and the pair were on friendly terms.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced the man to a six-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, with immediate parole taking into account the 59 days already served in custody.

She sentenced him to 59 days for the other offences, suspended his licence for 13 months, and ordered he pay $500 compensation to his neighbour.



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