Troy Mercanti has been sentenced to six years and 10 months jail, with a judge saying he was a coward who had shown no mercy to his partner Tammy Kingdon, repeatedly beating her during their 16-year relationship.
District Court judge Simon Stone said today that damning evidence from Mercanti’s mother midway through the trial had been behind his sudden change of plea to guilty, not remorse or concern for the embarrassment and distress caused to those called to testify in the case.
Defence lawyer Colin Lovitt told the court that his client wanted to apologise for putting the court and Ms Kingdon through the trial, but he had been entitled to initially plead not guilty.
Mr Lovitt said the prosecution claim that the bikie never expected Ms Kingdon to give evidence in the trial was “outrageous” and “nonsense.”
The court was told that Ms Kingdon said in a victim impact statement that all she had wanted was a family unit for her two children.
That was why she had stayed with the bikie for so long, despite the violence.
But in the end, she had made the painstaking decision to leave “our friends, family and the only life we knew”.
The court heard that Ms Kingdon had left Mercanti in January 2012 and that he had not had any contact with the children since.
Today, Judge Stone said he believed Mercanti would always remain a risk to Ms Kingdon’s safety.
Judge Stone said Ms Kingdon had been a credible witness and that Mercanti had been “deceitful” by instructing his lawyers to accuse her of being a liar, actress and drama queen, while knowing she had been telling the truth.He has been made eligible for parole and his sentence was backdated to March 3.
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