Violent bikie avoids jail after bashing ex-partner

A VIOLENT outlaw criminal, who cornered and bashed his ex-partner out the back of Toormina shopping centre, has walked from a Sydney courtroom.

Lone Wolf bikie Paul Pincham had been living with his partner at Boambee East when she ended their toxic relationship.

Soon after, the woman was walking to work via a loading dock at the Centro shopping centre when she was approached from behind by Pincham who punched her in the back of her head and repeatedly assaulted her while she was lying on the ground.

He then stomped on her phone and fled.

With the help of a colleague,  the woman called police who took a statement and charged Pincham with assault occasioning bodily harm, stealing and damage to property.

During Pincham's sentencing hearing in the Sydney District Court on Friday, a victim impact statement was read out.

In it, the woman said her reason for speaking up was to "take back" some of what she had lost since the attack.

Her letter described the fear that continued to haunt her family - how she had to move house, send her children to a different school and that at times when Pincham was back in Coffs Harbour for court cases, she had removed her children from school and stayed out of town.

The court heard Pincham's criminal history was littered with acts of violence and drug related offenses including charges of escaping lawful custody, shooting with intent and methamphetamine production.

But despite Judge Raymond McLoughlin's insistence that women deserved to be "protected from bullying and those who exercise power over them" and that the attack of a defenseless woman would not be tolerated by the courts, or society, he found "special circumstances should be considered".

He noted pre-sentencing reports put Pincham at a "low to medium risk" of re-offending and some of the anger management issues he had suffered from may have been attributed to past traumatic events - the suicide of two friends, the fatal stabbing of another, a drug related fight which resulted in the barrel of a shot gun being held to his cheek and a Hepatitis C diagnoses.

He told Pincham he was "a very lucky man" and ordered he serve a 14 month prison sentence by way of an Intensive Correction Order.

Pincham will have to live with his parents near Narrabri and attend appointments at Gunnedah until his sentence is complete.

He then intends to move back to Coffs Harbour to live with his new girlfriend.

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