Mother beaten as children watched

A MAN who pulled children from their beds in the middle of the night to force them to watch as he savagely beat his former partner will be released from jail this week.

The 33-year-old has been in jail since a series of attacks on the woman in August.

The Warwick Magistrates Court last week heard the man burst into the woman's Southern Downs home at 1.30am on August 19 before punching her in her arms and ribs with both fists.

Although they were no longer a couple, the woman had been taking care of the man's children from a former relationship, as well as her own children, at the time of the assault.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court the man woke the children from their sleep, got them out of bed and made them watch as he assaulted the woman.

At one point, the man picked up a fire stoker and lunged at the woman, however her mother was able to prevent him hitting her.

Eventually, police were called and the man fled.

But that was not the end of the violence.

The man returned three more times over the period of a day - forcing entry through a window and by breaking a door.

In one incident, the man was again able to punch the woman in her legs and stomach.

Police apprehended the man the following morning, when the woman woke to find him asleep in her home.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court his client came from a respectable family and had strong employment before the August violence.

Magistrate Damian Carroll scolded the man on his actions.

"Violence will not be tolerated, especially to women who are protected by court orders," he said.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, three of breaching a domestic violence order and one of possessing marijuana.

He was sentenced to eight months behind bars.

The man has already served more than 70 days behind bars and is due to be released on parole this coming Friday.



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