BEHIND BARS: Rockhampton’s David Slater faced court last week.
BEHIND BARS: Rockhampton’s David Slater faced court last week. Contributed

Busy builder assaulted partner, turned to meth

LONG work hours led David Slater to take drugs to stay energised and awake.

It was a decision that contributed to him being jailed.

The Rockhampton builder faced court twice this month, on drug possession and assault charges.

On Friday, the Rockhampton District Court heard about Slater's rocky relationship with his former partner that led him to wounding her with a steak knife in 2008.

The court heard Slater's former partner had made him a meal, but when there wasn't a knife and fork accompanied with it, he became upset and they began to argue.

Slater wounded her with the knife before driving her to the emergency department but leaving her on her own.

The court heard the relationship was "happy and chaotic" but had degenerated from there.

Defence lawyer Doug Winning explained how Slater, 44, had his own sub-contracting businesses and had been working 14-hour days, taking methamphetamine to energise himself and get through the work days.

Six years later the former couple got into an argument in 2014, which saw Slater punch the woman in the side of the head, perforating her eardrum.

Slater pleaded guilty to the charge of wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm last week, with Justice Michael Burnett sentencing him to 18 months' imprisonment, with a parole release date of November 10, 2015.

Justice Burnett said Slater's actions towards his ex-partner were unmanly and unacceptable.

"It's always disappointing to have people like you before the court, who have contributed to society for a long time," he said.

Meanwhile, Slater was previously in the Supreme Court on May 12 where he pleaded guilty to three drug charges relating to a police search in July 2014.

For those charges he was sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment with parole this September, however, his parole date was extended to November after facing his assault charges.



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