A man has admitted to punching his former girlfriend multiple times in the arms and body. Photo: Russell Millard
A man has admitted to punching his former girlfriend multiple times in the arms and body. Photo: Russell Millard

Punched, bruised: Woman flees Proserpine man’s attack

A WOMAN fled her partner in fear after he punched her multiple times in the arms and body during a serious act of domestic violence.

The woman was left with serious bruising as the man, who can't be named for legal reasons, was sentenced in Proserpine Magistrates Court this week.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told the court the Proserpine man and the woman got into an argument on October 18, prompting her to ask the man to leave her apartment multiple times.

But the man became violent, punching her several times in the arms and body before the woman fled the apartment and ran to the building manager's office for safety.

 

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The court heard the man sent numerous texts and made multiple calls to the woman throughout that day, but she only replied to a few saying the relationship was over.

 

A couple of days later, the man had organised to see the woman to pick up some belongings and then returned to the apartment with the woman's permission after he became emotional over the end of their relationship.

He left the apartment then headed back a short time later but the woman told him to leave.

Sen-Constable Rowe told the court the man broke a glass door at the apartment, but claimed it was an accident when trying to move a chair with his foot.

The 26-year-old Proserpine man this week pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening a domestic violence order and one count of obstructing police.

Lawyer Peta Vernon appeared for the single father of one, saying the man had been in a short but "troubled" relationship with the victim.

Ms Vernon said on the day the man punched the woman, she had woken him up to ask him to buy methamphetamine for her.

The court heard the man, who was on parole at the time of the incident, does not like methamphetamine use, so he refused.

Ms Vernon said the argument ensued later that morning.

Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine
Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine

The Proserpine man had employment to return to, at a company he'd worked for about two years, and lived with his stepfather who was terminally ill, Ms Vernon said.

The man appeared via videolink to the court as he had spent 17 days in police custody before his court appearance.

Magistrate James Morton told the man he needed to keep his hands to himself as he had previously assaulted other women.

"I gave you 11 months last year in Bowen Magistrates Court for assault occasioning bodily harm, a domestic violence offence," Mr Morton said.

"You're back at it again."

Mr Morton said if the man didn't like drugs, he should choose a different partner.

The man was sentenced to a total of five months' jail and was made immediately eligible for parole.

"Keep carrying on like this, sir, the sentences will just get bigger and bigger," Mr Morton said.


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