A Wagga man who pushed a woman down the stairs during a heated, physical altercation will spend a year behind bars.
Quaid Buckley, 25, was sentenced in Wagga Local Court this week, after previously pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
Solicitor David Barron told the court on Monday that Buckley knew he was destined to a lengthy life in prison if he didn’t make a change.
Mr Barron said Buckley was inclined to act irrationally violent on feelings of rejection and was subject to a disruptive upbringing.
“He’s been in and out of prison for short stints but he has recognised issues and is willing to work to try and stop them,” Mr Barron said.
Mr Barron said Buckley was known to have a positive attitude to community corrections and asked the court to consider a good behaviour bond, with lengthy supervision.
“It’s when the supervision ends that the problems happen,” Mr Barron said.
“It wasn’t a healthy relationship but he is well out of it now and the likelihood of re-offending is reduced.”
Magistrate Michael Crompton said the offence was too serious for a good behaviour bond given Buckley’s criminal history and could only consider a term of imprisonment.
According to police facts tendered to the court, the victim suffered bruising, swelling to the elbow and red marks on her lower back.
Buckley was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of five months, which was backdated to April to account for time served.