The man has been jailed for his “dreadful” attack. Picture: File photo/Thinkstock
The man has been jailed for his “dreadful” attack. Picture: File photo/Thinkstock

Man jailed for stabbing pregnant girlfriend

A MAN who stabbed his seven months' pregnant partner in her abdomen and breasts and right through her arm has been sentenced to nine years in jail.

Matthew Loch Lievesley, 28, who also assaulted a 16-year-old girl, a paramedic and police during the same incident, will be eligible for parole in two years' time.

Justice David Boddice said it was "dreadful, deliberate, violent conduct'' against Lievesley's partner and others in the household and it must have been "truly frightening'' for them.

He said it was difficult to understand how Lievesley, who had no previous convictions, could have put himself in such a rage as to commit such despicable acts.

Lievesley pleaded guilty to committing a malicious act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to his then partner, 21, on June 5, 2015, at Beenleigh, when he was 25.

He also pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to the 16-year-old, serious assault of a paramedic, assaulting or obstructing a police officer and wilful damage of an ambulance.

Crown prosecutor Brendan White said the victim had been with Lievesley for two and a half years and was pregnant with his child, but he had wanted her to have an abortion.

On the night of the assaults, Lievesley had become upset with his partner and slammed a door, when she discussed her previous sexual experiences during a drinking game.

When the partner told Lievesley to sleep at his parent's house he shoved her in the chest and then threatened her with a boning knife he took from the kitchen, the court heard.

When Lievesley's mother came to the house and told him to put the knife down, he pushed her to the ground.

Mr White said the pregnant partner ran, but Lievesley grabbed her, aimed the knife towards the centre of her stomach and said: "This is how you make me feel''.

He said Lievesley then thrust the knife into her stomach.

Mr White said the victim twisted her body to try to protect her unborn child, but Lievesley pulled out the knife and stabbed her four times in the chest, breasts and abdomen.

Lievesley then stabbed the knife completely through her left forearm.

After she lay on the lawn, Lievesley backed away, screaming "What have I done?'', before punching a 16-year-old female, who was injured in her neck and collarbone.

When a paramedic attended, Lievesley slammed the ambulance door against his left ankle a number of times, the court heard.

He later rushed at police, who were unable to stop him with a taser, before he was restrained.

Mr White said the stab wounds fortunately did not affect the victim's pregnancy, but she had exploratory surgery and spent two days in intensive care and a week in hospital.

Justice Boddice allowed for the 412 days Lievesley had already spent in custody and ordered he be eligible for parole on July 19, 2020.



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