South Burnett man bashed and kicked his pregnant partner
A MAN bashed and kicked his pregnant partner in front of their four children during a late night alcohol-fuelled attack.
The 32-year-old man faced Kingaroy District Court on Monday for a range of charges related to the attack, including contravening a domestic violence order and obstructing and assaulting police.
The court heard the man, who was estranged from his partner at the time, decided to visit her after a night of heavy drinking in Cherbourg on July25.
Judge Ryrie said the attack began when his estranged partner refused to let him into her home.
"You knocked on the door at 3am and you didn't leave," she said.
When he forced his way into the home, she barricaded herself in her room, away from him.
"She tried to hold the (bedroom) door shut and you came in and kicked it until it broke," she said.
What followed was an extensive attack that included kicks to the head and body, all while their four children watched on.
When two police officers arrived he was tasered, which had little effect due to his drunken state.
He then threw a pair of scissors at one of the officers as they tried to arrest him, but missed.
"In other words you didn't go quietly," she said.
With multiple convictions in the man's history for alcohol-fuelled domestic violence, and chronic alcohol-related health problems, including pancreatitis, Judge Ryrie said he needed to change.
"Every time you come here you are going to go to jail for longer and longer," she said. "And if you want to live a while and see your children grow up, you have to stay off the drink."
The man was sentenced to three years in prison. With time already served, he will be eligible for parole in July 2016.