The Canberra Times reports that tearing up for the courts has not received the usual saloon passage for once:
- The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that it did not believe Farraway, convicted of terrorising his ex-girlfriend in Canberra last year, had suffered abuse and a family member was on hand to testify that Farraway had a loving and stable childhood. Farraway, who has a long history of violent offences in the ACT and NSW, including the killing of his ex-girlfriend’s dog, told psychiatrist Dr Graham George that he had been abused by both parents who he also accused of being alcoholics.
I particularly liked the reaction of Rodney James Farraway’s lawyer when the prosecutor John Lundy volunteered to produce a sister willing to testify about the family life:
- But the woman was not called to give evidence after Farraway’s barrister, Ray Livingston, said he did not want the hearing ”sidetracked” by an examination of his client’s claims.
In the end Chief Justice Higgins handed down a relatively harsh two years and one month in jail.