A WARRNAMBOOL alcoholic jailed for 15 months last week after repeated offending while drunk will be eligible for parole in just eight weeks.
Robert Proctor, 38, of Ocean Grove, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to a range of alcohol-related offending, mainly involving his partner.
He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment with three months to serve before being eligible for parole.
He has already spent a month in custody on remand.
Proctor will contest other charges in the Geelong Magistrates Court on October 29.
In a contest mention hearing police alleged that on September 16 last year a 62-year-old victim was at home in Geelong west.
About 1pm Proctor and another young man arrived at the home but were refused entry. A woman soon after let the men in a back door and the victim went to a bedroom to watch television.
Police allege Proctor and the young man rushed into the bedroom and the victim was grabbed by the throat, punched to the head, kneed to the ribs and kicked.
The victim pleaded with his alleged attackers not to kill him and asked if he could wash the blood from his face.
The two men remained with him for about half-an-hour and threatened to kill him if he reported the assault to police.
The alleged victim suffered a broken nose and pain and bruising to his chest, face and ribs.
Proctor’s solicitor Jonathan Makary said the alleged victim had armed himself with an axe handle and his client had defended himself.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said if found guilty of those charges Proctor could expect to receive a substantial jail term.
In relation to last week’s guilty pleas, police alleged that on July 12 just after midnight police officers were called to a hotel room in South Geelong. There they found Proctor’s partner Penny Simons locked out of their room.
Police said Proctor opened the door armed with a knife. He dropped one knife when requested, but picked up another one and was subdued by police using capsicum spray before being arrested.
On July 16 and the following day he threatened to assault Ms Simons when he was at her Warrnambool Ocean Grove home.
Proctor’s bail was revoked on Wednesday last week when he consumed alcohol in breach of bail conditions.
Police alleged that at 4.18am that day they received a report that a man was causing a disturbance outside a home on Ocean Grove, Warrnambool. When police officers arrived they found Proctor outside the address holding a large knife.
He threatened to stab himself in the chest, but officers subdued him with capsicum spray, arrested him and placed him in the police cells.
He was then noticed by officers to have placed his head in a cell toilet and was found in a semi-conscious state. When taken to hospital Proctor was found to have a blood-alcohol reading of .128.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Proctor and Ms Simons had started a relationship in early May and sooner or later someone would be seriously hurt.
Mr Klestadt said he feared that when released from custody Proctor would consume alcohol and Ms Simons would be killed.
He said the woman had the right to feel safe.
The magistrate said Proctor had the opportunity, with the support of Ms Simons, to deal with his issues but so far failed.
Mr Klestadt asked that Proctor not give up on his rehabilitation.