Serial offender sent to prison

A GYMPIE man reached the “end of the line” this week when he faced Gympie Magistrates Court for assaulting a female friend.

Andrew Stanley Roderick Mackie, 33, will serve six weeks of a six month prison sentence and is to be released on parole in September.

He had been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage after an incident on July 28 left a woman injured and her mobile phone broken.

The court heard Mackie had been visiting the woman and refused to leave when asked. She tried to call police and he grabbed the phone out of her hand, crushing both.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the offences breached Mackie’s probation which he was placed on for convictions of wilful damage and public nuisance.

“This was a violent attack on a young female... The defendant has a long history of numerous offences relating to property damage,” she said and told the court Mackie had been given a suspended sentence in 2008.

“A term of imprisonment is not out of range,” she said.

Defence solicitor Corey Jenkins was instructed that both parties were equally to blame for the argument getting out of control.

“While he’s always been in trouble, (Mackie) has never inflicted harm,” he said.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Mackie he had reached the end of the line.

“You have a long and chequered history of not being able to function in a society with rules and laws,” she said.

“Sixteen years ago you were given probation in Cleveland Magistrates Court and then fines, fines and more fines until you ran out of lives (and the penalties) escalated to prison. Your sentence was suspended and then you had further suspended sentences and periods of probation.”

Mrs Baldwin sentenced Mackie to six months in prison to be released on parole on September 13 for the assault offence. For wilful damage he was sentenced to one month jail, suspended for 15 months.

“You need a strong deterrent to stay out of jail when you get out.”

Gympie Times

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