Mandurah: man given suspended prison sentence for repeated breach of violence restraining orders

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A MAN who habitually breached violence restraining orders (VRO) for more than a decade was sentenced to seven months in prison suspended in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his victims, pleaded guilty to twice breaching VROs in June this year.

The police prosecutor told court the man left five emotionally abusive and intimidating voicemails on the victim’s phone on June 7 at 5pm.

About 2.30pm the next day he left six voicemails of a similar nature.

The court heard that in 2014, the man breached restraining orders in relation to a different victim and in 2005 had breached restraining orders placed on him by his first wife.

Counsel for the accused told the court the restraining order in relation to his current victim is still in place, but only applied to intimidating behaviour.

She said the pair had broken up in 2013 and she moved with their children.

Counsel told the court the man was receiving significant counselling and intervention in relation to his issues for the first time in 20 years.

The victim was in the back of the court with one of their children.

Magistrate Richard Young said he was concerned that the man had a pattern of behaviour.

“You can’t keep coming back to court saying it’s a one off, I was drinking,” he said.

“The language used (in the voicemails) was highly inappropriate.

“No one deserves to be treated in that fashion.”

As the man was a third strike offender a jail sentence was mandatory outside of exceptional circumstances.

“Parliament is concerned about the rate restraining orders are breached,” Magistrate Young said.

“Without compliance, restraining orders are meaningless.”

He sentenced the man to seven months prison, suspended for 10 months and placed him on a 15 month intensive supervision order with program requirements.

Magistrate Young told the man that if he breached the sentence it “would take a minor miracle to keep him out of jail”.