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“I don’t care if I kill you,” man told girlfriend in attack

HE told her he loved her, he told her he was sorry - he lied.

Hours later the 23-year-old man stood over his unconscious girlfriend, a piece of firewood in his hand, bloodied and still burning.

It sounds like a horror movie, but this was very real and took place right here in Central Queensland.

When the woman woke, the brutal attack continued.

"I don't care if I kill you," the man told her as he kicked her.

Amidst punches and stomping on her head, the man threatened to tie the woman to a tree and cut off her toes. She was terrified.

This lasted for four hours, until finally the woman was able to escape. Sadly, she is not alone.

The case, which was heard in the Rockhampton District Court last week, is a serious example of the Capricornia region's growing domestic violence problem.

The defendant, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to deprivation of liberty, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and contravening a protection order.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner's children - one of which was a three-year-old girl - on a separate occasion.

Crown prosecutor Russell Hood told the court the man had a history of violence.

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He said while the man admitted his guilt to police, he had downplayed the seriousness of all three assaults.

On the night of the attack, which occurred in Woorabinda last September, the man dragged his girlfriend away from a 21st party.

He then forced her to change into his brother's clothes and get on his horse, before riding to a secluded campsite in the bush.

The next morning, battered and bruised, the woman took the horse and rode to the hospital while her partner of eight months was sleeping. Fortunately, her injuries were not serious.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said his client had a problem with anger management. He said the man was remorseful and the pair is no longer together.

Judge Paul Smith said there was no doubt the incident would have had a significant effect on the woman physically and emotionally.

"You need to learn how to respect women," he said.

He sentenced the man to six years jail, eligible for parole on September 17 next year. This takes into account the year he has already served.

Topics:  assault, domestic violence, firewood, rockhampton district court



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