Moranbah handyman gave girlfriend a 'flogging'
A YOUNG Moranbah man gave his girlfriend a "flogging", punching her repeatedly in the head, biting her and hitting her with a wooden rod.
After spitting blood from her mouth the woman tried to give Josue (Josh) Vicente Reyes a hug, a court was told.
He punched her in the head again.
Reyes, 20, faced Mackay District Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, assault occasioning bodily harm, choking, suffocation or strangulation and one other charge.
The charges were all linked to the attack in Moranbah on May 10 last year.
Prosecutor Victoria Trafford-Walker said Reyes was on probation when he beat his 18-year-old partner, after he was convicted of trafficking drugs such as synthetic LSD and marijuana last year.
She said Reyes and the woman were arguing and she "started to cry", which sparked the "terrible assault".
"The defendant became agitated, stood over her and told her to shut up. He ultimately commenced punching her to the head. It's unclear how many punches were landed, your honour, but certainly multiple," she said.
While the woman was on the floor, Reyes swept cosmetics from a counter-top onto her.
"He then continued to assault her by landing one blow - it's unclear whether that's a kick or a knee or a stomp - but it landed to her head," Ms Trafford-Walker said.
"He then grabbed her around the throat, she couldn't breathe, she got light-headed and was scared. She tried to push him away ... he bit her on the forearm and bit her on the hand."
Grabbing a piece of dowel Reyes hit his former girlfriend over the hands.
"As a result of these assaults, she felt blood in her mouth, was feeling sick. She went to the bathroom and came out and - in an extraordinary act that your honour would have seen many times in these domestic violence incidents - she goes to hug the man who has just beaten her," Ms Trafford-Walker said.
Judge Deborah Richards told the court Reyes screamed and "punched her in the head again".
The woman suffered bruising across her torso, right eye, ear and face, scratch marks on her neck, bite marks on her hand and forearm and bruising to her hands.
Police took Reyes into custody.
Ms Trafford-Walker said Reyes should be jailed.
Defence barrister Scott McLennan said his client had tried to end the relationship before the attack and he had cut contact since.
The barrister mentioned Reyes, who'd been working as a handyman, had attended drug and alcohol, anger and domestic violence counselling and was looking for a job in mining.
Mr McLennan submitted Reyes - who'd served 63 days in custody, was young and made an early plea - should be jailed, but granted immediate parole.
But Judge Richards said Reyes "gave her (victim) a flogging" and noted choking, in particular, is often a precursor to increasingly serious domestic violence.
She described domestic violence as a "scourge in our community".
However, she took into account Reyes' young age, early plea and ongoing rehabilitation.
Reyes was sentenced to 18 months jail with a parole date of October 17, 2017, considering time served.