Mother and son in brutal attack

A MOORE Park Beach man has been jailed for 16 months for brutally beating his girlfriend and injuring her two-year-old son.

The 38-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm, common assault, wilful damage and possession of drugs.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the man arrived at his girlfriend’s place just before 10pm on March 12 and became angry.

Sgt Stevens said the woman’s child then entered the bedroom and, when she tried to leave with the child, the man told her she was “not allowed to”.

Sgt Stevens said the woman sat on a chair in the room, before her partner threw the chair away, causing her to fall off. He then began to kick at her legs, arms and back, so she curled herself around her child to protect him.

The court was told the man threw a chair, fan and an empty bottle of deodorant at the pair as they cowered on the floor.

“The deodorant hit the child’s head and formed a small bruise,” Sgt Stevens said.

Later, the defendant led his girlfriend into the kitchen before grabbing a butcher’s knife, which he put into her hand before plunging it into his chest and throwing the weapon out the window.

The woman grabbed her three children and tried to flee to a neighbouring house, but the man grabbed her by the hair and began to drag her down the street.

The woman begged for him to stop and was eventually able to escape to her neighbour’s place.

Sgt Stevens said the woman suffered bruises to the legs, arm, neck and head as well as soreness to the back, toes and left ribs.

Police found the man hiding in the woman’s home behind a mattress in the bedroom.

When searched at the Bundaberg Police Station, about 0.2g of cannabis was found in the man’s wallet.

Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said the man was suffering from depression and was seeking help.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring sentenced the man to a total of 16 months.

As he has been in custody since March, he will be due for parole next month.

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