Father of two breaks former partner’s jaw in two places with single punch.
Father of two breaks former partner’s jaw in two places with single punch.

Mackay father breaks former partner’s jaw with single blow

A "TOXIC relationship" exploded in violence when Paul James Meier broke his partner's jaw in two places with a single blow.

Mackay District Court heard the pair had been arguing and he had been blocking her path to prevent her leaving a room when she struck the father of two across the face with a hand holding her mobile, causing his eye to split and swell.

"In return he punched her to the face and she immediately felt pain and ringing to her ears," Crown Prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke said.

"That punch fractured her jaw in two places."

Judge Julie Dick labelled domestic violence a scourge.
Judge Julie Dick labelled domestic violence a scourge.

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The incident occurred in October 2017 - now more than three years later, Meier has been jailed for the attack. But he will not spend anymore time behind bars.

The court heard the Mackay father of two had already spent 115 days in custody on charges that had since been discontinued.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said while on remand his client was violently bashed in jail and received a broken jaw himself.

"The likely motivation for his assault in prison was because he was brave enough to give evidence in quite a notorious trial here in Mackay," Mr McLennan said.

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Meier pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm over the single punch for his former partner.

The court heard the victim was still taking part in counselling sessions.

"You couldn't really be out in the community these days without understanding how people feel about domestic violence," Judge Julie Dick said.

"It's a scourge and it breaks up families and it gets people into the dock of the district court, day in and day out, to be sentenced.

"It's prevalent and the idea is that sentences should be imposed that sent out a message that if you get involved in it, you're going to get condign punishment."

A Mackay man has been jailed for two years with immediate parole for punching his former partner in the face after she hit him.
A Mackay man has been jailed for two years with immediate parole for punching his former partner in the face after she hit him.

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Judge Dick, who labelled it a "toxic relationship", said Meier should be well aware of the psychological impact this type of injury had on a person.

"It is relevant … that she struck you first causing an injury," Judge Dick said, adding Meier would be sentenced on the basis his attack was "instinctive to that blow".

"Although instinctive, it caused a serious injury … that's why you're here."

Meier was jailed for two years with immediate parole.


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