Teen son hears dad’s abuse of mum laid bare

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy sat quietly as his dad's violence against his mum was laid bare.

The 42-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared via video link in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

After he was sentenced, he called out "I love you" to the woman he had bashed.

"I love you, too," she replied from the back of the courtroom.

The man fronted court, pleading guilty to multiple domestic violence order breaches.

Under the protection order, he was forbidden from going to his partner's house and from exposing his children to violence.

The court heard the man's abuse included slapping his partner in the face and taking her phone while she tried to call the police on him.

She made the call after the man punched her in the centre of her back during a heated argument.

On a separate occasion, the court heard he struck her on the back of the head and threw her phone, smashing its screen, during a 2am fight.

He then left the house and came back at 5.30am, climbing in bed with the woman.

She woke up and angrily told him to leave but he refused.

They woke and argued at 8.30am and he again hit her in the head.

They ended up on the floor of the loungeroom, where he shook her by the shoulders and yelled at her before leaving the house.

During another violent incident, the court heard, the woman woke to find the man in the house.

She handed him her bank card to buy milk but he refused.

When she tried to leave, he pushed her back into the bedroom then punched her in the head.

She managed to push passed him and run outside, where she yelled for someone to call the police, the court heard.

The man followed her out, "yelling to the neighbourhood" that she was a junkie.

The court heard the man had an extensive history of breaching domestic violence orders, dating back to 2017.

His lawyer told the court the man had tried to start a domestic violence course during his 89 days in pre-sentence custody but he was still on a waiting list for that.

He had also completed an RSA while in prison and planned to find work at a bottle shop.

The lawyer also pointed out the man was supported by his partner and son in court.

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge sentenced the man to nine months in prison for each of the offences, to run concurrently.

He was released on parole on Thursday.


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