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Back in jail for assaults

Thursday, 3rd March, 2011

Darrell Sweeney (25) pleaded guilty in the Local Court Darrell Sweeney (25) pleaded guilty in the Local Court

A man who assaulted two men, including his own father, just hours after being released from jail is back behind bars for at least a year.

Darrell Sweeney (25) pleaded guilty in the Local Court to headbutting the manager of a caravan park and then bashing his father on the evening of January 10 this year.

Sweeney's father and stepmother had driven down from their home in Queensland to pick him up from jail in Port Augusta that day and they had intended to stay the night at the caravan park in Rakow Street.

But, according to police, he got into an argument with the manager and attacked the man when he asked him to leave.

The family got back in their stationwagon and as they were driving down Galena Street, Sweeney grabbed his 53-year-old father around the neck and started choking him, the police told the court.

His stepmother stopped the vehicle near the Rising Sun Hotel at which Sweeney got out and headbutted his father who fell the ground unconscious. He then punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground, the police said.

Sweeney punched him twice again and was trying the headbutt him when police arrived and subdued him with capsicum spray. 

Taken back to the police station, he spat on the floor and walls of the dock as he was being charged and "screamed" threats and abuse at the officers "at the top of his lungs", they said.

He was refused bail and in the Local Court this week he was jailed or 18 months on the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his father.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy set a non-parole period of 12 months and also jailed Sweeney for three months for assaulting the caravan park manager.

On the charge of intimidating police, Mr Dunlevy jailed him for six months and ordered that all the sentences be served concurrently.

This means that Sweeney will become eligible for release from jail on parole in January next year.

He was let off with a caution for causing malicious damage to police property.

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