Man tried to suffocate his ex during late night burglary
A BUNDABERG man has been sentenced to jail for a "terrifying" night time burglary at his ex-partner's home where he held the woman down and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.
The 39-year-old man, who can not be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty to the July 2012 attack yesterday in Bundaberg District Court.
Crown Prosecutor Lily Brisick said the horrifying attack only came to an end when the pair's child entered the room and saw what was happening.
"Essentially the accused broke into the complainant's house," she said.
"He put his hand over her mouth. He pushed a pillow over her face and tried to suffocate her."
Ms Brisick said it was a "violent and sustained attack" and if the young girl had not walked in, the attacker may have been facing court on much more serious charges.
As it was, the man pleaded guilty to eight offences including burglary, deprivation of liberty, assault causing bodily harm while armed and five counts of breaching domestic violence orders.
Ms Brisick said the man had breached many orders in the past and his victim in this attack suffered several injuries.
"(She received) bruises and lacerations to her lips and neck and puncture wounds to her stomach," the prosecutor said.
The court heard the man suffered from schizophrenia and did not like taking his medication.
"The most important thing is he resolves to take his medication," Judge John Roberston said.
"It must have been a terrifying experience for her occurring as it did in the night."
Judge Robertson said if the man took his medication and got his life on track, he might have a chance of having a relationship with his children.
"If you don't and you return to this dangerous behaviour, this threatening and abusive behaviour to her (the victim) and her family, there's a strong probability you will be returned to prison," he said.
"If you step out of line then you will be back in jail very quick."
The man was sentenced to two concurrent jail terms of three years and 18 months with immediate parole due to the 597 days already served.