Man jailed for assault on woman and disgusting act
A TOOWOOMBA man who bashed a woman with a stick and behaved appallingly in the watch house when arrested has been handed a jail term.
An intoxicated Craig Haines had arrived at the woman's Harlaxton home on the night of October 5 demanding to be let in but was refused, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
When he continued, a 15-year-old girl went outside to calm him but he threw something at her prompting her mother to come out.
After Haines threw a chair at her, the woman threw a chair back at him and he had punched her in the face and walked off, police prosecutor Rowan Brewster-Webb said.
The 34-year-old returned shortly after armed with a stick with which he struck the woman leaving her with a bleeding head and she had collapsed in the back yard.
The woman had nine staples to her head wound at hospital, the court heard.
Found by police a few days later, Haines had been unco-operative and was placed in a watch house issue smock and held in a secure cell.
Haines had then removed the smock and defacated on the floor, then used the smock to smear the walls with his faeces, Mr Brewster-Webb said.
Haines appeared in custody to plead guilty to charges arising from those incidents as well as to two counts of failing to comply with his obligations as a reportable offender under the Child Protection Act.
His solicitor Jag MacDonald said his client had been diagnosed with schyzophrenia, depression and anxiety but realised his behaviour was unacceptable.
His client had a substantial criminal history and was unlikely to obtain parole as these offences were committed while on parole, he said.
Magistrate Kay Ryan declared 81 days pre-sentence custody as time served, and sentenced Haines to 18 months in jail but ordered he be eligible to apply for release on parole as of July 25.