Broom used in house assault

A MAN who assaulted his exgirlfriend's partner with a broomstick during a Rockhampton home invasion yesterday escaped a conviction.

Darrin Jay Melton, 19, had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary with violence, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

Yesterday the District Court in Rockhampton was told that Melton had been at a Rockhampton nightclub in July last year when he heard that his former partner had gone home with a man.

Melton decided to go to her Albert Street home, which he had previously resided at, and still had a key for.

After entering the premises he found his former partner asleep with the man.

Melton proceeded to punch and kick the man and assault him with a broom stick, breaking a window in the process.

His former girlfriend tried to break up the fight and was also assaulted.

Melton's barrister Jeff Clarke said his client had been affected by alcohol at the time of the incident which was borne out of jealousy.

Crown prosecutor John Mc- Grath said while offences of this nature usually led to imprisonment, a lesser punishment of probation or community service may be appropriate given Melton had no previous convictions, his young age, and the fact the complainants' injuries were minor.

Judge Grant Britton placed Melton on 12 months' probation and ordered he perform 100 hours of community service.



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