Barclay White

43-year-old jailed for DV related offeneces

A 43-YEAR-old Yamba man is in jail until May 25 next year after Grafton Local Court convicted him of a number of domestic violence related offences.

Magistrate Karen Stafford sentenced Richard John Grobben to 15 months jail with a non-parole period of six months.

The court convicted him on counts of breaking and entering to commit a serious indictable offence, being armed to commit an indictable offence, common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of intentionally damaging property and breaching a domestic violence order for offences that occurred between February 24 and 25, 2014

He was also was sentenced to three months' jail for failing to appear in court on May 5, 2014 to answer charges arising from domestic violence offences on February 13, 2014.

Police evidence said Grobben had been in a relationship with the victim of his offending for two years. They had no children of their own, but the victim had two children, aged six and two.

In the February 13 offence police said Grobben had assaulted her in front of the children in their home. She had was able to escape into the daughter's bedroom, with the children, to get away from his attacks.

After luring the victim out of the bedroom to look at a cut on his hand, he resumed the attack, forcing her into the garage, where she grabbed a screwdriver to defend herself.

The victim told police Grobben went to his car, then returned to the front door of the house and finding it locked, ripped it from its hinges.

Police evidence said the February 24-25 offences began when the victim, the accused and the children were cleaning their house.

The victim noticed the accused becoming controlling and organised to have the children stay with a friend. In the afternoon the victim complained he had cut himself with a Stanley knife and asked for help.

The victim thought it was attention seeking behaviour and told him to take his problems elsewhere.

Later that day the victim said Grobben had approached her armed with a house brick. After threatening her with the brick, he grabbed her mobile phone and smashed it on the ground.

Fearing further assault the victim grabbed a can of flyspray and sprayed it toward her assailant.

Before sentencing Grobben, Ms Stafford rejected a bid to quash his conviction.



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