DV perpetrator reprimanded for 'deplorable' record

A MAN in custody for grabbing his partner by the throat has copped jail time for his "deplorable" record of domestic violence.

The South Burnett man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a string of charges in the Murgon Magistrates Court last week, including drug possession, common assault, and contravening a domestic violence order.

The court heard the man had issues with alcohol and had 15 previous convictions for breaching domestic violence orders.

The man, aged 50, was charged for the incidents between May and July, and had already served 90 days in prison for breaching parole for previous offences.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said the man had assaulted his partner while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and had been prohibited from approaching within ten metres of her whilst under the influence.

He said the man had assaulted her on a number of occasions, including verbally abusing her, as well as choking, kicking, and punching her in the face.

The victim suffered swelling to both sides of her face, as well as scratches to her wrists and knees.

Magistrate Andrew Hackett said the man had a "deplorable" history, despite his defence lawyer's claims he was a "hard worker".

Defence solicitor Alan Korobacz said although the man had held down full time work his entire life, he did have issues with alcohol.

"He's always been given chances because he is a person who has always worked hard," Mr Korobacz said.

"He cares for the aggrieved, but he does have issues around alcohol and domestic violence."

Magistrate Hackett ordered the man be sentenced to an additional 22 days in jail and take part in a CTC domestic violence rehabilitation program.

"You are in a situation where you are going to do a significant period of time if you keep offending," he said.

"You've got 22 days to think about your behaviour."

*For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT  on 1800 737 732.

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