01 April 2016

Appeal leads to increased sentence

The Court of Appeal has significantly increased the sentence imposed on a man who subjected his long term domestic partner to a terrifying ordeal over a nine-hour period.

Mark Natoli pleaded guilty in the County Court to using a listening device, common law assault, false imprisonment, making a threat to kill, intentionally damaging property, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and possessing cartridge ammunition without a licence or permit.

The court heard Natoli armed himself with a home-made firearm, claimed it was loaded, threatened his partner, squeezed her throat, grabbed her jaw and face, placed a pillow over her face and threatened suffocation. The ordeal lasted through the night until police were called and attended.

Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. appealed the sentence of five months’ imprisonment followed with an 18-month Community Corrections Order.

The Court of Appeal increased this to three years and six months’ imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of two years and three months.

The Court of Appeal said the offences were serious instances of the charges, and were committed in the home of his domestic partner where she was entitled to feel safe.

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