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Man highly intoxicated when he brutally attacked woman

DAVID John Nicoll had spent the past 329 days behind bars for brutally attacking a woman in a caravan park last year.

But today the 45-year-old experienced his last day as a prisoner after being released on immediate parole in the Rockhampton District Court.

Nicoll had been in custody since March 23, the date he was arrested by police at a caravan park in Port Curtis.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court Nicoll committed offences against the woman, who Nicoll was living with at the time, from March 20 to March 21.

"On March 20, Nicoll came home and started drinking," Ms Baker said.

"He confiscated the woman's handbag, her phone, her keys and kicked her in the left side of her knee. She retreated, he followed, head-butted her and poured fuel over her from a jerry can. He then approached her with a lighter but did not light it.

"Later on he threw an ashtray and wine glass at her.

"She went to bed and he started smashing plates in the caravan and ripped the door of the van from its hinges. He then dragged the woman out of bed at 3am and told her to clean up the mess."

Ms Baker told the court that similar abuse continued into the following day until the police were called.

"The next day they drove to a bottle shop here in town and the woman, whilst Nicoll was out of earshot, asked the shop attendant to call the police," Ms Baker said.

"She then drove back to the caravan on her own to find Nicoll running out towards her. The woman called the police and Nicoll jumped on the back of the woman's ute and pushed his hand through the window where he gouged the woman's eye before pulling her out of the car and pushing her to the ground. He dragged her along the ground and threatened to play 'fuel games'."

The court heard Nicoll ran from police when they arrived at the caravan park and a police dog was required to find him.

Defence barrister Maree Willey told the court the former bricklayer couldn't remember the incident due to his level of intoxication.

"He'd been drinking wine, beer and rum," Ms Willey said.

"He's aware of the impacts of his offending."

Judge Michael Burnett told the court he'd hoped Nicoll had realised in his 11 months in custody that he should stay away from alcohol.

"You have a bad attitude towards the complainant and I assume, women in general," Judge Burnett said.

"It was degrading as well as damaging. Drink and you aren't comfortable bedfellows."

Nicoll, who had previous criminal histories in Queensland, NSW and WA (including domestic violence offences), pleaded guilty to three counts of common assault, one count of wilful damage, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of obstruct police.

He was sentenced to two years and nine months' imprisonment with an immediate parole release date after serving 11 months in custody.

Topics:  caravan park, prison, rockhamnpton, rockhampton court



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