Vincent Coockie, 43, handed suspended imprisonment order

Collie man receives suspended sentence

A 43-year-old man involved in multiple incidents over the past year has narrowly avoided an immediate prison term.

Vincent Cockie returned to Bunbury Magistrates Court on February 6, over two counts of breaching a family violence restraining order and one of breaching his protective bail conditions.

Police prosecutor sergeant Jo Morrissey told the court that Cockie was initially ordered not to go within 50 metres of his ex-partner.

Sgt. Morrissey said Cockie attended the victim's address on Simpson Street, at 4.30am on October 28.

A witness contacted police, before Cockie fled the scene. He was apprehended on November 7.

Sgt. Morrissey said in a separate incident, the 43-year-old attended the victim's home and knocked on the front door.

The victim threatened to call police, prompting Cockie to leave the area. He was arrested later that same day.

Defence counsel Viv Blurton said his client had accepted the facts, felt empathy for the victim, and entered guilty pleas at an early opportunity.

The court also heard that Cockie had been in custody since early November.

Sgt. Morrisey said an immediate prison term would be appropriate, given the circumstances.

Magistrate Belinda Coleman took the seriousness of the matters and Cockie's criminal history into consideration.

"When he is required to follow orders, he doesn't do very well. This offending behaviour is far too serious for me to deal with by way of fines," she said.

Cockie received an eight-month term of imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

"Do not breach the family violence restraining order, or commit any other offences, within the next 12 months," Ms Coleman said.