MAN IN COURT: A Kingaroy man faced the judge on multiple domestic violence charges.
MAN IN COURT: A Kingaroy man faced the judge on multiple domestic violence charges. Thinkstock

Kitten killer punches, suffocates and burns young mum

A MAN who killed his partner's cat has been released from custody after punching, suffocating, burning and forcefully injecting drugs into his girlfriend of seven months.

Over the space of seven weeks from May 12 to June 29 2017, the 40-year-old man forced her to use ice by holding her arm down and injecting it against her will.

The 21-year-old woman said he punched her legs so no one would see the bruises.

He also burnt her arm with a cigarette until it left a big hole when she asked him to stop hitting her.

He killed her cat by slamming a lounge on top of it while chasing and bashing the woman after using ice.

During an argument he got a pot of boiling water, approached her and said "I'll f---ing scald you you f---ing s---."

Her children screamed when he opened a bedroom window, reached inside and hit her on the head with a metal rake.

When he saw dirt on the floor he hit her on the back of the head.

When she said she wanted to leave he hit her with a heavy plastic tube.

On one occasion when he thought she would call police he hit her with a broom handle causing multiple bruises.

In one night alone the Kingaroy man stood over his partner in the middle of the night swinging a large hunting knife.

She was so afraid he would stab her, she froze in fear until he walked away.

That night, she slept in the children's bedroom.

The next morning she found 12 bullets scattered on the floor when she walked into the kitchen with her two and four-year-old children.

When she told him to "f--- off", he covered her face with a bed sheet and wrapped it around her head.

She thought she was going to die.

He eventually let go, hit her on the head and called her a "f---ing idiot".

"People who are choked, strangled or suffocated can be dead within seconds," Judge Nicole Kefford said.

In Kingaroy District Court on March 18, Judge Kefford said the nature and number of domestic violence offences committed in seven weeks was concerning and it was fortunate she managed to sneak out.

"It involved sustained physical and emotional abuse over a seven-week period when he regularly assaulted the complainant with little to no provocation," she said.

"It was most fortunate for her, the children, and no doubt fortunate for you too otherwise you may be up on much more severe charges."

He was remanded at Maryborough Correctional Centre and between November 3 2017 and February 28 2018 he called her mobile phone 64 times and asked other people to send her six letters.

This is the fourth woman the man has committed domestic violence offences against between 2002 and 2017.

"You seem to have breached DV orders in groupings I suspect that is as you develop new relationships with new women," judge Kefford said.

The man faced court on three counts of common assault (DV offence), four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed (DV offence), one count of injuring an animal, one count of suffocation in a domestic setting (DV offence). As well as three counts of contravening a DV order aggravated offence and driving without a licence.

For injecting her with ice he was sentenced two years' imprisonment and a conviction was recorded.

For the two counts of burning her with cigarettes he was sentenced to three years.

For killing her cat he was sentenced to four months.

For hitting her with a plastic tube he was sentenced to two years and another two years for hitting her with a broom handle.

For threatening her with a knife he was sentenced to 18 months.

For suffocating her with a sheet he was sentenced to four years.

For hitting her with a metal rake he was sentenced to 18 months.

Judge Kefford set his parole for March 18, 2019 based on the behaviour and initiative he showed in completing certificates and staying off drugs while serving 627 days in pre-sentence custody.

Judge Kefford said the man needs to make an effort to stay off drugs despite other challenges he may face or he will find himself in jail for a long time.

"I can see that you are brought to tears and that also really enforces to me that you may be someone who is capable of being rehabilitated, I hope I am not wrong about that," she said.

The man was convicted and not further punished for two counts of contravening a DV offence and sentenced to nine months for one count.

The man was disqualified from driving for two years.

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