String of abuse at pregnant partner
A SHOCKING tale of abuse against a heavily pregnant mother has resulted in a 36-year-old Cannonvale man being handed a 15-month jail sentence, although he will only have to serve three months of it.
The man broke a domestic violence order a staggering four times over a two month period including one occasion where he broke it twice in 24 hours and an incident where he pushed her in the back when she was around eight months pregnant.
Appearing from jail via video link in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday, the man pleaded guilty to all domestic violence charges, breaching his bail and failing to appear.
Prosecutor Bernhard Berger said the first incident occurred on December 7 last year around 8pm when the man became highly intoxicated and got into an argument with her at her home.
He eventually left but managed to get into the house around 9.30pm by “forcing open the roller garage door”.
After punching a door he left but at 3am he returned again and started “banging on the windows and started yelling to let him in”.
After getting into an argument with her she went to walk away but he pushed her in the back causing her to “stumble forward and hit her head on the door frame causing a minor cut”. She eventually hit him and he left when police were called.
On the morning of January 16 they got into an argument at her home over her 13-year-old daughter and when she told him to leave he left but took the air-conditioning remotes, car keys and Wi-Fi internet modem with him. He later returned and they started pushing each other and when the daughter tried to separate them he slapped her hand away.
Less than 24 hours later on January 17 around 6am he went to see her at the Proserpine Hospital where she was having a pregnancy check up.
Mr Berger said he “barged his way into the hospital room where he became verbally abusive towards both her and her midwife”.
He also sent her photos of jewellery, two electronic tablets and a laptop he had taken from her house.
The final incident occurred on January 26 around 7pm when an argument between them escalated to “shouting and screaming” and the police were called.
Defence solicitor Rosemary Varley, of Morton Lawyers, said the pair still maintained regular contact. The partner was in court with the newborn.
“Things started to go down hill for him (after he lost his job). He felt financial pressures of not getting back to work and found it frustrating... and made admissions his drinking had increased,” Ms Varley said.
Magistrate Simon Young said “the example I make of him today must convince other people that this type of conduct is unacceptable and will be met with harsh and swift judgment”.
He was fined $300 and sentenced to 15 months’ jail, with three months to be served before starting a two year probation order.