Woman left ‘naked, bleeding’ in wheelbarrow after assault
A SICK woman was assaulted over five hours by her cruel partner who then dumped her naked and semiconscious in a wheelbarrow, a court has been told.
Queensland Police discovered the woman's slumped and exposed body in a car park at Pallara, south of Brisbane, just before 5am on October 7, 2018.
The woman's attacker, and former partner of six years, appeared via videolink in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday where Justice Anne Lyons described the grisly scene that confronted police that morning.
"When she was found, her head was swollen, she had two black eyes and there was blood around her face. She was groaning, unable to open eyes and was incoherent," Justice Lyons said.
The 33-year-old was originally charged with attempted murder but the charges were downgraded and on Friday he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, choking and negligent act causing harm.
The court was told the woman had Type 1 diabetes and had started to show signs of hypoglycaemia when her partner tried to get her to leave the house and turned violent.
During the five-hour ordeal he punched her in the head, dropped her repeatedly, dragged her downstairs by her arms across a concrete floor and then outside for 20m through grass and dirt before leaving her in a wheelbarrow.
The woman spent five days in hospital with life-threatening injuries and was distressed to be told that she had been found naked.
The court heard the woman told medical staff the only thing she remembered was: "all these punches coming at me and suffocating".
Justice Lyons said to his credit, the man had contacted police to tell officers where he had left her.
He had co-operated with police and shown remorse for what his defence described as a "totally out of character" offence.
The court was also told he had a tragic background in foster care had never been convicted of any violent offences.
Justice Lyons said it was a "simply cruel and unfeeling" way to treat someone who was having a medical episode.
"She was naked, alone and left in the cold in the dark that morning," Justice Lyons said.
"It was simply cruel to treat her that way and to leave her that way."
Justice Lyons sentenced the man to four years' jail, suspended after 20 months.
After time already served, he was immediately released on parole.
*For 24-hour support phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
Originally published as Woman left 'naked, bleeding' in wheelbarrow after assault