Girlfriend hit for slamming door on big toe

BRETT Peasley has a history of nasty violence but after beating up a former girlfriend twice he will spend six months in a jail cell.

Peasley, 35, was jailed for two years by the District Court at Gladstone after pleading guilty to two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

Judge Fleur Kingham described both attacks on the woman as "protracted acts of violence".

He will be eligible for parole after six months and Judge Kingham took into account efforts he was making over his issues.

Shauna Rankine for the Crown said the violence happened in 2013 and in one incident Peasley grabbed the woman by her hair, sat on top of her and punched her "a few times" in the head.

Peasley delivered more blows before getting off the woman only to punch her in the sternum and thigh.

Injuries included cuts and bruises to her mouth and cheek.

Ms Rankine said Peasley just weeks later continued his brutality by carrying out "a prolonged brutal attack" after the woman tried to run from him back to her home.

Ms Rankine said he picked the woman up and threw her to the ground before punching her in the ribs then holding his forearm to her throat so that she could not breathe.

When the woman asked if he was trying to kill her Peasley replied: "This is what it has come to, then I'll kill myself."

A neighbour heard screams and intervened.

The ex-girlfriend spent two days in hospital.

Ms Rankine said Peasley's precedents for violence included an attack on a taxi driver, an unprovoked street assault from behind on a man, and punching a man in the face at a casino in an argument over blackjack.

Defence barrister Michael Labone said the first assault was triggered when the woman hit his client in the knee and big toe when she slammed a door shut.

Judge Kingham said Peasley had a propensity to violence including an offence done since the assaults.



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