Man jailed for assaulting former lover in front of son

IT was only when his lover's five-year-old son screamed "stop hitting my mummy" that a Rockhampton man snapped out of his drunken rage.

The man, 50, whom The Morning Bulletin has not named to protect the woman's identity, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to assault causing bodily harm. He was charged after pushing the woman, his partner at the time, down a flight of stairs.

Crown Prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the man, then 46 and living in the coast suburb of Zilzie, got into a heated argument with his partner on September 18, 2010.

He said the man had been for a few drinks at an Emu Park hotel before returning home cradling two bottles of spirits.

One was for him; the other for his partner.

The court heard that when he arrived home a number of guests were at the house.

Later the guests left, leaving only the man and his now ex-partner up drinking.

Mr Phillips said it was not known how the argument ensued but after some heated words, the man grabbed his partner's nose and started slapping her across the face.

She asked him to stop, but he didn't. She rushed to grab a few belongings, including her bag, which she placed at the top of a flight of stairs outside the front door.

As she picked up the items, the man pushed her backward down the stairs.

She landed on a sharp, spiky statue, resulting in puncture wounds. The man followed her down the stairs and started punching her face.

It was the woman's five-year-old son who rushed to the door and yelled "stop hitting my mummy".

She grabbed her son and left the house. She did not seek medical advice until two days later when she noticed blood in her urine. Judge Paul Smith sentenced the man to 12 months prison, suspended after two months for 18 months.

HARSH REALITY

  • Since 2009, breaches of domestic violence orders in Capricornia have increased by 85%
  • Calls for help increased by 89% over that period 
  • Between 2006-2012, 45% of Qld homicides were DV related
  • 161 people died; 100 females and 61 males
  • The cost to the Australian economy is estimated at $13 billion
  • That is expected to increase to $15 billion by 2022


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