Man jailed for "brutal" attack on de facto wife
A MAN has been jailed for what a judge has described as "a vicious, violent and degrading" attack on his de-facto partner who was left with horrific injuries.
The man, 47, who is not named to protect the identity of his victim, had a domestic violence protection order imposed on him for a prior assault of the woman just six months before the attack, Toowoomba District Court heard.
After a barbecue with neighbours at their then home in Miles on January 12, 2014, the man had complained to his partner that she had laughed when a guest was unable to pronounce his Maori name.
To get away from him, the woman went to her bedroom but he had followed, pulling her hair and pinning her to the bed before slapping her face and knocking her to the floor, prosecutor Jennifer Cameron told the court.
He then kicked the woman in the stomach and upper body, then held her against a wall by the throat.
She had broken free and went to a neighbour's home for help but he had followed, grabbing her and dragging her back home where he again assaulted her.
Police called by neighbours arrived at 1am and found the woman with obvious injuries and called an ambulance.
The woman, who spent three days in hospital, had sustained a broken eye socket, broken collarbone and multiple bruises and abrasions across her body, Ms Cameron said.
The man then failed to appear in court on four occasions causing years of delay before he pleaded guilty yesterday to grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and breaching a domestic violence order.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC said the attack was "brutal and prolonged".
He sentenced the man to four-and-a-half years in jail but ordered he be eligible to apply for release on parole as of September 3, next year, after having served 18 months.