Sophie Monk’s stalker jailed after police assault

Sophie Monk’s Tasmanian stalker is the first person jailed under the state’s mandatory sentencing laws for assaults on police.
Nanjing Night Net

James Scott McCabe, of Beauty Point, appeared in the Launceston Supreme Court on Thursday having pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in June last year by striking him to the head with a bat and punching him four times.

McCabe was handed an eight-month suspended sentence in 2015 for stalking Australian celebrity Sophie Monk – by assaulting the police officer, he breached that sentence.

Acting Justice Pierre Slicer told the court on Thursday the 2016 attack was serious enough to warrant the mandatory minimum sentence of six months. The court heard the officer was off work for four days following the incident and suffered ongoing headaches.

The legislation was introduced in 2014 and applies to serious assaults, but so far nobody has received the minimum jail term.

Reading out McCabe’s history, acting Justice Slicer described him as having suffered mental illness.

Acting Justice Slicer said McCabe “regularly failed to take prescribed medications”.

But he said McCabe’s mental illness did not impact his judgement “to the degree he did not know” what he was doing when he attacked the officer.

Acting Justice Slicer told McCabe he would be activating the eight-month suspended sentence and imposing a new sentence of 12 months for the assault charge.

He will serve the sentences cumulatively and he is eligible for parole after 10 months.

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