WAGGA man Justin Hale has been given a last chance to turn his violent life around.
In Wagga Local Court this week, Hale was placed on nine concurrent 12-month intensive correction orders (ICO) and one 12-month good behaviour bond in being sentenced for 11 offences, including six counts of contravening an apprehended violence order (AVO), two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of maliciously destroying property.
He was also convicted but not otherwise punished for failing to appear in court on one occasion.
An ICO is the last step before jail and includes completing community service and participating in programs to address offending behaviour.
Hale is also banned from drinking alcohol until September 18 next year.
In sentencing Hale, magistrate Michael Antrum said an ICO was one option not yet tried on the 31-year-old Mount Austin man.
“If you don’t use the intensive correction orders to seriously perform a handbrake turn on your life and go in a different direction you can expect to spend the rest of your life rotting away in a prison cell,” Mr Antrum told Hale.
Three women Hale’s partner, his mother and his partner’s mother all had apprehended violence orders taken out against him last year.
He breached his partner’s AVO twice by assaulting her and a third time by being at her house.
Last November following a verbal row, Hale chased the woman down the road and tackled her, causing small cuts to her palms and a grazed elbow when she fell.
Hale then leaned down, plucked the woman’s prescription glasses from her face and crushed them in his hands.
Less than two weeks later, he punched her in the mouth as they sat in a taxi, causing her upper lip to bleed.
Hale breached an AVO taken out to protect his mother by telephoning her and asking for money and breached an AVO taken out to protect his partner’s mother by telephoning her.
Hale’s solicitor, Rohan Harrison, said Hale had taken steps to address his drug and alcohol problems.
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