A Dapto man had been on parole for less than two weeks when he barged his way into a Penrose home in search of his daughter, a court has heard.
A highly inebriated Chris Brennan, 28, turned up at the home just before 6pm last Saturday in the hope of seeing his former partner and their child, who had once lived at the address.
However, when the home’s new occupant told him the pair no longer lived there, Brennan became agitated and punched the man in the face.
He then stood over him and threatened to punch him again, prompting the man to try to escape through the rear door.
Brennan managed to hit the man again before he was able to jump his side fence and yell to neighbours to contact police.
Brennan drove from the scene as police were arriving. However he returned to the street a short time later and was arrested.
Facing Wollongong Local Court yesterday, Brennan pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and entering enclosed lands without permission.
The court heard Brennan, who has an extensive criminal history including multiple terms of imprisonment, had only been released from jail 10 days before the incident.
Officers who arrested Brennan at the time found him to be highly intoxicated, despite his conditions of parole including that he not consume alcohol.
Police said he had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and clammy skin, and appeared to be disoriented and unable to complete full sentences.
Brennan’s lawyer, Jane Healey, yesterday told the court the matter was an ‘‘unfortunate case of mistaken identity’’.
‘‘He’s very embarrassed and regretful at what has happened,’’ she said.
Ms Healey noted Brennan’s lengthy record but urged Magistrate Geraldine Beattie to spare her client jail.
She instead asked for Brennan to be given the benefit of a supervised bond, saying he had gone from a maximum security prison environment to being granted parole without any preparation for his release.
She said he was largely ‘‘institutionalised’’ from his many years spent behind bars.
Magistrate Beattie agreed to put Brennan on a lengthy, supervised bond. She also fined him $450.
It is understood the NSW Parole Board will review Brennan’s parole.