Bundaberg man bashes partner

A BUNDABERG man who bashed his partner with a stick for hours was jailed yesterday.

The 25-year-old, who cannot be named because he breached a domestic violence order against the same woman, appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to eight charges including assault, stealing, breaching a domestic violence order twice and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Barry Stevens, told the court the man dragged his then-partner home from a Bundaberg hotel in the early hours of September 20 last year and hit her with a stick, bashing her upper right arm.

“The defendant pushed the victim against a brick wall,” he said.

“The victim got up and tried to leave.

“The defendant dragged the victim back into the lounge room and hit her a couple of more times with a stick.”

The police prosecutor said the woman later took out a domestic violence order against her attacker and he breached it twice.

The man also stole a wallet from a Bundaberg hotel.

Because of his four pages of criminal history that included multiple stealing offences, plus the assault on the woman, Sgt Stevens said he wanted to see the man serve between 15 and 18 months in jail.

Defence lawyer Matthew Messenger said his client conceded he acted in an extremely inappropriate way by hitting the woman, but did not have a violent criminal history.

“He acknowledges he’s made a very bad choice in the way he’s acted,” Mr Messenger said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said the assault charge was “significant” and sentenced him to six months in prison.

She also sentenced him to jail time for several other offences.

Magistrate Batts ordered his parole date be set for April 23.

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