Mum jailed for reoffending after one week on parole
A Coast mother will spend Christmas behind bars after violating a domestic violence order less than a week after being sentenced for the same offence.
The mother of two pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday to one count of contravening a domestic violence order - aggravated offence on Wednesday - only 12 hours after committing the crime at 11.10pm on November 17.
The court heard the mother of two was banging on her family's home and distressing her children while they were trying to sleep inside.
Police prosecutor Lee Allan told the court the mother's ex-partner was upset by the incident, saying it was "Bull----t" and he needed more protection.
"The defendant was at the address of the aggrieved and children banging on the doors and windows," Senior Constable Allan said.
"Police observed the respondent (mother) sitting at the front door of the residents and could smell liquor coming from her breath and person.
"She stated she did nothing wrong and tried to walk away, she was very unsteady on her feet and has then been placed in the police vehicle."
Constable Allan said the 54-year-old was serving a six-month prison sentence on parole and was on a probation order.
"She was sentenced to similar offending against the same aggrieved and named persons on the 11th of the 11th this year … only six days prior," he said.
He suggested six to nine months in prison with actual time to be served as an appropriate punishment.
Defence lawyer Ben Rynderman agreed a prison sentence was "unavoidable" in the circumstances and suggested four months with an immediate release on parole.
"I acknowledge that my client was extremely intoxicated, but she attended the dwelling, she didn't enter the dwelling," he said.
"I understand that did cause distress to her ex-partner and her children, but it remains a contravention of a domestic violence order at the lowest possible level."
Mr Rynderman said before falling to the hands of her "debilitating" alcohol addiction the mother did not appear before a court and was a contributing member of society.
"It's very clear my client is taking responsibility for her offending, she is remorseful for that offending, she is simply lost and has no idea what to do with herself," he said.
"Upon her release from custody she is going to need to put some structures and systems in place that prevent her from any further offending of a similar nature.
"This is a person who if she can regain her sobriety again is in a position to raise her children and make a significant contribution to society going forward."
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said despite the earliest plea of guilty the offence was "aggravated terribly" by her short amount of time on parole.
"Society is not here to put you in a hammock and look after you. We are here as a safety net," she said.
Magistrate Baldwin said she didn't believe an immediate parole release date was appropriate and sentenced the mother to three months in prison.
She said the mother, who will be eligible for parole on January 18, 2021 would benefit from the supervision after her release.