Father faces deportation for domestic violence

AN INTERNATIONAL student who dropped out of university and moved in with his Aussie girlfriend will be deported for continual breaches of domestic violence orders.

Ipswich Magistrates Court this week heard the young man continued to make phone calls to the woman from jail.

Papua New Guinea national Leigh Dakman, 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of contravening domestic violence orders.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said Dakman went before a Pine Rivers court in April and had been prohibited from any contact with the woman.

Despite this, he had continued to call her, with Dakman adding her to his prisoner contact account list of people he could call from jail.

The court heard he had called her twice from Woodford jail, four times from Wacol and twice from Borallon.

Dakman's lawyer said his client had arrived here on a student visa about four years ago. He moved in with the woman and they now had two children.

At the time of his phone calls from the jails, his girlfriend had been pregnant with their second baby and Dakman had been concerned for their welfare.

The court heard Dakman had been advised by the Immigration Department his student visa had been cancelled, and he had had discussions with Australian Border Force about being deported to PNG.

Dakman was sentenced to two months' jail, suspended for 12 months.



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