‘Thug’ jailed over bru­tal bash­ing of ex-girl­friend

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - TALISA ELEY

A FOR­MER Su­danese child sol­dier who came to Aus­tralia as a refugee tried to mur­der his ex­girl­friend after she turned down his sex­ual ad­vances, re­lent­lessly beat­ing and chok­ing her un­til po­lice in­ter­vened.

Lam Mut Lam Nhial Lam, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of at­tempted mur­der and was sen­tenced yes­ter­day to nine years be­hind bars for the “bru­tal” at­tack on the woman in Bris­bane in 2016.

The court was told Lam whis­pered “it will all be over soon” to the woman as he knelt on her chest, punch­ing her, try­ing to smother and stran­gle her with a T-shirt and his hands dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack.

In sen­tenc­ing, Jus­tice David Bod­dice de­scribed Lam as a “thug” and said the at­tack was “bru­tal, per­sis­tent and de­spi­ca­ble … gra­tu­itous vi­o­lence on a de­fence­less woman” which had left her with sig­nif­i­cant psy­cho­log­i­cal in­juries.

The court was told that the pair had re­mained friends after their re­la­tion­ship ended and had been at the woman’s home when Lam lashed out after she re­jected him.

Prose­cu­tor Christo­pher Cook said po­lice were forced to drag Lam off the woman as he con­tin­ued to choke her, and be­lieved Lam would have killed her if of­fi­cers hadn’t ar­rived. De­fence bar­ris­ter Adrian Braith­waite said that Lam had had a trau­matic child­hood, kid­napped at age 11 and forced to join the army in Su­dan dur­ing the civil war.

Jus­tice Bod­dice dis­missed sug­ges­tions the at­tack could be blamed on PTSD.

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