A man has been given a jail sentence for a "terrifying" breach of an apprehended violence order.
Brett Foote came before Griffith Local Court on Wednesday charged with breaching an AVO, intimidation, and damaging property.
The court heard Foote had faced similar charges in the recent past, all involving the same victim.
Over the course of a day, Foote had verbally abused the victim with name calling which Magistrate Joy Boulos deemed derogatory and demeaning, as well as damaging the victim's car.
Terrified and afraid, the victim went to the police, and Foote handed himself in to police the next day.
"While the offence reads poorly, a lot of what is contained in the facts is not criminal," Foote's legal representative Jack Murray submitted.
Having been in custody for six weeks for the breach over Christmas, Mr Murray explained the "short, sharp, shock" of his first time in jail was "a wake up call".
If (AVOs) are not respected, they have little efficiency.Magistrate Joy Boulos
"He has had a difficult time in custody... his room was ransacked and he was put on suicide watch," Mr Murray told the court.
Outside the current breach, he said Foote had been completely compliant with the AVO and bonds he had been on in the past.
Handing himself into police and the early plea of guilty, it was clear Foote was "extremely remorseful" especially on the impact on his mother, Mr Murray claimed.
A "stricter and sterner" non-contact AVO, the "100 per cent support" of family, abstinence from alcohol and rehabilitation and community service would appropriately address the community's safety, he said, if Foote was allowed back in the community.
While she thanked Mr Murray for his comprehensive submissions, Ms Bolous said the recent escalation of his violent offending towards the same victim meant he had to serve time in jail.
"If (AVOs) are not respected, they have little efficiency," she said.
A positive sentencing assessment report was considered, however given his repeat offending, Ms Boulos said there was a real need to stop him from doing it again.
She also said it was important to let the community know this behaviour would not be tolerated.
He was given four months jail for breaching the AVO and another four for the intimidation, with a further three months for the destruction of property.
It will be served as a 10-month aggregate sentence backdated from December 10.
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