Port Fairy man gets jail for four months after terrorising partner

A PORT Fairy man who terrorised his partner and assaulted police after slipping handcuffs has been jailed until Christmas Eve.

Billy-Jo Heard, 35, previously of Elizabeth Street, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to 14 offences.

His crimes included multiple counts of causing criminal damage, recklessly placing a person in danger of serious injury, unlawful assault, possessing cannabis, trespass, committing a serious offence while on bail and assaulting, resisting and threatening  to kill police officers. 

The offending also breached a previously suspended two-month jail sentence.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan jailed Heard for four months, with two days counted as already served, and urged the defendant to get help for alcohol issues when he was released from prison.

Mr Coghlan said Heard had twice smashed windows at a Port Fairy home which would have been very frightening for people inside and it was clear the defendant had aggression issues when under the influence of alcohol.

Heard was also ordered to pay $2028 compensation.

Police alleged that on June 7 Heard argued with his partner at their Port Fairy home, she slapped him, he stormed out and threw a concrete ornament through the front window when there were seven children aged under 18 in the home.

They argued again on August 9 over tobacco and Heard smashed more property.

When police arrested Heard early the next morning he was handcuffed and placed in a divisional van but slipped one of the handcuffs and damaged the van and the locking mechanism of the handcuffs.

The handcuffs later had to be cut off with boltcutters.

While in custody Heard kicked out at a policewoman, attempted to bite another officer and smeared blood on a police member while threatening to get a gun and shoot two of the officers.

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