Jesse Raymond James Dartnell jailed over 11 FVRO and criminal damage charges

Breanna RedheadBusselton Dunsborough Times
Jesse Raymond James Dartnell, 25.
Camera IconJesse Raymond James Dartnell, 25. Credit: Instagram

A Busselton man has been jailed in a repeat sentecing repeatedly breaching multiple family violence restraining orders and damaging the property of his victims.

Jesse Raymond James Dartnell, 25, received the six-month prison sentence in Busselton Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he was charged with three FVRO breaches, two criminal damage charges, common assault and failure to obey a data access order.

In August 2020, after being filed a FVRO to stay away from his mother, Dartnell snuck into her home and pinned her to the bed as she slept.

The woman awoke to her son screaming obscenities and smacking her across the face and head.

Following the assault, Dartnell proceeded pick up and smash the victim’s TV before jumping on top of it and smashing a nearby fish tank on the floor causing water to spread all over the floor.

The following year on October 12, one week after receiving a suspended imprisonment order relating to his former partner, who holds a FVRO against him, Dartnell attempted to call her 10 times, one of which the victim answered, asking him to stop contacting her.

That evening Dartnell again attended his mother’s residence, where he got into a verbal altercation while in a drunken state with the people inside before smashing a glass antique lampshade on the ground.

On October 29, 2021 he was arrested and remanded in custody for 46 days before being released on bail late last year and finally, six months later, has been sentenced in light of the 2021 offences breaching an Intensive Supervision Order.

Magistrate Linda Keane sentenced him to six months in prison, along with a global fine of $1500 for the 2021 charges.

Despite the prosecution trying for a lesser sentence to allow Dartnell to spend time with his 18-month-old daughter, Magistrate Keane admitted the angle seemed to depict the child as a mere “scapegoat” for a prison sentence, reviewing the pre-sentencing reports with “cynicism”.

“You claim to want to sort your life out to be involved with your daughter, and yet you have shown no interest in her for the past 18 months.”

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