Fixed It: This is not a cute little story

The Daily Telegraph erased and minimised yet another story about a violent man. 

The Tele  reported that a man who was serving a prison sentence as a community corrections order (CCO) smashed his mother’s glass top stove, threw a bottle of Vegemite at her, which smashed against a wall, and told her “I’m going to stab you and your mother” when she tried to leave the house. The article was about his appeal against a six month sentence for this violent assault against his mother.

The CCO was imposed after he was convicted of driving his car at his ex-partner and stalking her by sending 190 text messages to her, which included threats to kill. 

A man with a history of violence threatening to stab his mother is not a cute little story about throwing Vegemite. It’s about the manifestly inadequate response from the justice system to an abusive and violent man who refuses to accept even minimal consequences for his choice to be violent. 

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