Woman in plea to free her attacker after vicious assault

A MALENY woman who was kicked, punched, and burnt with a cigarette during a prolonged violent attack by her boyfriend asked a magistrate yesterday not to send him to jail.

The young woman was in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to support her partner as he faced sentence.

In a letter presented to the court by the man's lawyer, Anna Smith, the woman wrote that she and the man had since reconciled and asked that he be spared jail.

"She's absolutely supportive of him and not because she's forgiven him but because he's made every effort to make sure it doesn't happen again," Ms Smith said.

The court heard the couple's 16-year relationship had soured before the October 6 attack, which police prosecutor Sergeant Leonie Scott said stemmed from the man's belief that his partner was involved with someone else.

Sgt Scott said the man pushed the woman against a wall, took her mobile phone, swore and threatened her, and pushed a lighted cigarette into the side of her face.

In subsequent violent outbursts overnight, he kicked and punched the woman in the face, and dragged her across the bed by her hair.

Sgt Scott said he also smashed glass and bottles against the woman's car, ripped up her clothes, and armed himself with a knife and wooden bat.

Some of the violence was witnessed by the couple's 10-year-old daughter, who was struck by a couple of her father's missed shots.

The woman and child sought refuge at a friend's place when the man calmed a little, Sgt Scott said.

Ms Smith said the man had since attended counselling and the woman believed the violence would not recur.

But Magistrate John Hodgins was unconvinced. "They all say that," he said.

Mr Hodgins said the "vicious assault" warranted a custodial sentence as a general deterrent.

The man, who pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, another of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, and wilful damage, was sentenced to nine months' jail, with parole in three months.

He and his partner wiped away tears in an emotional goodbye during a court adjournment.

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