Man behind bars for violent assault
A MAN who punched his ex-partner in the face and dragged her across the ground by her hair was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars in Rockhampton District Court this week.
Kelton Dwayne Raymond pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm after he took a swing at his partner and the mother of four of his seven children at Blackwater on February 2.
Crown Prosecutor Dean Jones told the court the 42-year-old was drinking with the victim when he became "obsessively aggressive" towards her and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground, then pulled her across the ground by her hair.
The victim received a black eye which was "swollen to the point it was unnaturally closed" and injured skin on her eyelid and nose.
The court heard the 42-year-old later told police "she did it herself" when she "hit her face on the ground".
Mr Jones said there was no victim impact statement handed up but the injuries were "not minor".
He said Raymond's criminal history reflected repeat offending of the same charge, including six assault occasioning bodily harm charges in 1992, 1995, 1999, three in 2003 and 2008.
Three of the charges resulted in the same victim as the assault on February 2.
"His Queensland criminal history is the most troubling point," he said.
"The defendant has an obvious issue with alcohol."
Defence lawyer Marie Willie said Raymond was affected by alcohol at the time of the offence.
"He drank Smirnoff vodka which is not something he had before," she said.
"He doesn't know what happened and he can't explain it."
Judge Michael Burnett said the offence was a very serious assault.
"In a very cowardly way you said she did it herselfwhen she hit her face on the floor, but a witness said she was flogged by you," he said.
"You have an unenviable record and I accept you have problems with drink but that is absolutely no justification for this behaviour.
"I am giving you the opportunity to do something about your drinking because while you're inside you won't be able to drink."
Judge Burnett set a parole release date of August 20 2016, after Raymond serves one third of the two and a half year sentence.