Macarthur biter drops appeal

A MACARTHUR man who bit his partner during a vicious assault has abandoned an appeal after being warned he faced a longer jail sentence.

Stuart Lachlan Gibson, 44, of Myamin Road, appealed against the severity of a minimum six-month jail sentence to the Warrnambool County Court but abandoned that action after Judge Paul Grant warned him he faced the possibility of getting even more jail time.

Gibson previously pleaded guilty in the Hamilton Magistrates Court on December 4 last year, when he was jailed for 12 months with a minimum six months to serve.

That penalty included a three-month previously suspended jail sentence which was put in place after Gibson raged through Macarthur on December 27, 2010.

On that day a man was riding his bike near Macarthur when a car driven by Gibson drove past closely at speed. 

The cyclist raised his middle finger to the driver and Gibson pulled over, walked back to the cyclist and yelled abuse, then pulled a metal steering lock out of his car and threatened the rider.  

Gibson later saw the victim near the police station and followed him around Macarthur.

The rider sought refuge in the local pub but Gibson entered and again abused and threatened the cyclist and other patrons.

Gibson was told to leave, a woman eventually punching him to the head and pushing him out the door.

On June 6 last year Gibson was again in trouble after he rang and texted his partner 15 times in 90 minutes. When she returned home they argued and Gibson assaulted her, pushing her on to a couch, punching her head, biting her right cheek and headbutting her.

Gibson thought about putting the woman in the boot of his car and while imitating holding a shotgun said he would “do” as many cops as he could, the woman’s friends and then her.

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