Jail after man beat woman with a stick

By MIKARLA THURECHT ? A NORTH Rockhampton man who beat his partner with a stick and then attacked a 68year-old passer-by was yesterday jailed for nine months.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard Richard Andrew Broome, 31, of Munro Street, had a history of violent tendencies and had been drunk during the two separate incidents.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick said Broome's partner was taken to hospital and had to get eight staples in her head after Broome hit her with a stick on December 27.

She said the pair had been drinking at a hotel when Broome was asked to leave and then became violent on the way home.

Defence solicitor Peter Sorensen said Broome's partner had thrown a thong at him which "fuelled the fire'' and started the attack.

Senior Constable Schick said Broome had then turned his rage on a woman and elderly passer-by on March 19.

She said Broome had become annoyed with a woman at his home, kicking and punching her until a 68-yearold stranger walked past.

Broome then punched him in the mouth and he fell hitting the road and sustaining bruising to his mouth, head and ribs.

When Mr Sorensen suggested it may have been a case of mistaken identity, Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow was quick to comment: "It was an unprovoked assault on someone he didn't know. You and I both know that is serious.''

Broome pleaded guilty to all four charges of breaching a domestic violence order, serious assault of a person over 60, public nuisance and assault occasioning bodily harm.



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