Dubbo man jailed for assault of sister

A brother who viciously assaulted his adult sister will spend at least seven months in jail for the offence.

Daniel James Nixon, 29, punched the victim in the face twice and when she dropped to the ground, kneed and then kicked her.

The Dubbo man pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

In Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday, magistrate Paul Hayes sentenced Nixon to an 11-month jail term, with a non-parole period of seven months.

Nixon was visiting his mother and sister at Orange when the offence occurred.

The trio were in a car about midday on March 1, and Nixon had gone inside to a supermarket before returning to the car.

He began a verbal argument about money with his mother, who was driving, and his sister, who was sitting in the back seat, court documents show.

He demanded money from them.

As they drove along, Nixon turned around from the front passenger seat and punched his sister in the mouth.

When she put her foot up, the offender grabbed her foot and hit her in the nose.

Dubbo Courthouse, where the man was sentenced.

Dubbo Courthouse, where the man was sentenced.

The victim jumped out of the car, but Nixon was not finished.

By then situated in the railway station parking area, he punched the victim in the face, and her head was thrown back so that she became unsteady on her feet, court documents show.

He kneed her in the face as she dropped, and when she lay on the ground he delivered a “soccer-style” kick to her face, the court heard.

The victim received significant facial injuries, was dazed and could not see because of the swelling of her eye area.

Due to the severity of her injuries, she was later taken to Orange Hospital for treatment.

On Wednesday the court was told Nixon had been assessed as unsuitable to serve a term of imprisonment by way of an intensive corrections order (ICO) in the community.

The defence asked that a finding of special circumstances be made to vary the normal non-parole period.

The solicitor submitted the offender had underlying grief issues, which he would be more able to address with support and supervision from probation and parole.

While his client was 29 years of age, the period of his youth was not yet over, the solicitor said.

Nixon, who faced court via video link, will be eligible to release on parole in April.

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