Albury man jailed for attacking partner's new lover

FORMER Albury man Michael Andrew Kennedy had been out of jail on parole for just a week when he reacted angrily to his hearing his partner of 11 years had a new man in her life, a court heard yesterday.

He was unaware that his partner, the mother of his three children, had started a relationship with his cousin.

But she had told the Probation and Parole Service that Kennedy was not welcome back in her house and he moved in with his mother at Uranquinty when released on December 9, 2012, after a six-month prison term.

Kennedy travelled to Albury by train eight days later and got a taxi to his de facto’s residence in North Albury about 4.15am.

She had earlier locked all the doors, but Kennedy entered through a broken window.

He found his former partner and cousin sleeping on a couch and hit him to the face.

The victim got involved in a scuffle with Kennedy and police later discovered blood splatters on three walls.

The cut above his left eye required seven stitches.

Kennedy, 29, escaped before police arrived.

He appeared in the District Court at Albury yesterday for sentencing on charges of reckless wounding and entering a building with intent.

Barrister Alan Blackman said Kennedy admitted when interviewed by Probation and Parole for a pre-sentence report that “he lost it” after seeing his partner with his cousin.

Mr Blackman said Kennedy had a deprived, uncertain and unstable childhood spending a lot of time in institutions.

“This does not appear to be a planned criminal activity. It was spontaneous,” Mr Blackman said.

Judge Martin Blackmore said what Kennedy saw was upsetting for him, but his reaction was excessive.

His criminal record according to Judge Blackmore showed seven or eight previous matters for violence.

“These offences must be viewed as a continuing disobedience of the law,” Judge Blackmore said.

Kennedy was given a fixed term of 12 months and received a three-year jail sentence for reckless wounding.

Judge Blackmore imposed a minimum term of 18 months due to expire on March 2 next year.