A South Mackay man pleaded guilty to assault charges following a two day argument with his partner.
A South Mackay man pleaded guilty to assault charges following a two day argument with his partner. Paul Braven GLA221015SHOP

Man smeared bloody tissue over girlfriend's face after fight

A REFUSAL to go shopping erupted into two days of violence that left a woman scared and degraded.

Keith Joseph Morrison's disgraceful conduct included cruelly grabbing his girlfriend, smearing blood over her, forcing his fingers down her throat and spitting on her twice.

As the 39 year old was driving his girlfriend home, he asked to go grocery shopping but she refused having just finished a shift at the supermarket.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard this sparked an argument that escalated to the point Morrison gripped her head while driving erratically.

The court heard she reacted by stabbing him in the ear and shoulder with a small paint brush usually used to clean the console.

Prosecutor Joshua Morris said Morrison later mopped up the blood before repeatedly rubbing the soiled tissue over her face. He then pushed three fingers down her throat causing her to gag before squeezing her jaw and spitting on her face. "The victim felt degraded by this," Mr Morris said.

Morrison was treated at Mackay Base Hospital for his injuries.

The violence continued the following day when she again refused to go shopping and he placed his hands around her neck but did not squeeze.

"She felt intimidated and threatened," Mr Morris said.

He spat in her face again. Morrison pleaded guilty to the aggravated common assault on February 11 and 12 this year.

Solicitor Antoinette Morton said, since offending, her client had addressed his behaviour through sessions with a psychologist and organising to complete a Choosing Change program with United Care.

Mr Morris pushed for convictions to be recorded. However Magistrate Damien Dwyer took into consideration it was Morrison's first offence and a letter from the woman who took some responsibility and gave him 240 hours of community service with no conviction recorded.


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