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Lismore ice addict jailed over thefts and assaults

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A Lismore ice addict has been jailed over thefts and assaults.
A Lismore ice addict has been jailed over thefts and assaults.

A Lismore ice addict has been jailed for 15 months for two assaults involving a screw driver and a broom handle.

Shain Richard Williams appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday via videolink from Grafton jail.

The 34-year-old was charged with 11 offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, two counts of larceny and drug driving.

The court heard one of the larceny charges placed him in breach of a good behaviour bond.

Between 5am and 5.24am on April 15, 2016, Mr Williams backed up a car at a Casino residence and stole a speed ball, a punching bag and a motorcycle, valued at $2000.

Then on April 26, he stole a HP laptop from Dick Smith at Lismore worth $2,200.

When he was pulled over for a roadside drug test on October 5, 2016, Mr Williams was detected to have the drug ice in his oral fluid.

On New Years Day at Lismore Shopping Square, Mr Williams is alleged to have assaulted a man while armed with a screw driver.

He was then pulled over on February 17, and found to be driving while suspended, with a fake number plate on his car made of cardboard and coloured in with black texta.

‘The accused informed police that he did this as the vehicle did not have a registration plate on the front when he purchased it,’ police facts stated.

On February 20, Mr Williams hit his partner across the leg with a broom handle and punched her in the face a number of times, resulting in a visible lump on her forehead.

He was arrested, charged and granted conditional bail but when he failed to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 24, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mr Williams was arrested at Tabulam on May 10, and refused bail.

In sentencing Mr Williams to 15 months jail with a non-parole period of nine months, Magistrate David Heilpern said he had previously spent six years in jail for attempted manslaughter.

He said the community shouldn’t have to tolerate that level of violence.

‘The facts are essentially horrendous,’ Mr Heilpern said.

‘He hit his partner with a broom handle across the right leg and repeatedly punched her in the face.’

‘That level of violence is extremely unacceptable and intolerable by the community.’

Due to time already served, with good behaviour, Mr Williams will be eligible for release on November 26.


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