Jail for head-stomping
A HERVEY Bay man who bashed his partner and stomped on her head as their young daughter screamed for him to stop has been jailed.
Anthony Peter Nelson, 34, carried out a "prolonged and vicious attack" that included punching, kicking and stomping on the woman's face in November last year.
In Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday, Nelson was convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm and sentenced to 10 months in jail.
The assault took place after Nelson's partner cut her foot and left blood on the floor of their home at Kingston, south of Brisbane.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Nelson was drunk at the time and punched the woman to the back of the head.
She fell to the floor and he continued to beat her with both fists, kicked her in the right side of the head and used his left foot to stomp on her face, causing her head to "bounce off the floor".
Senior Const Grigoris said the pair's young daughter witnessed the ferocious attack and cried out "Please stop, dad! Please stop hitting mum."
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said the community would not stand for "prolonged, vicious attacks on women" or any assault that involved kicking.
"Whether it was his wife or not, the community just won't accept it," he said.
Mr Tatnell added that anyone, regardless of their criminal history, should be jailed for an attack whereby kicking was used to injure someone.
"That's what the community expects. That's what the court expects," he said.
Following the assault, the woman took her phone and the children and ran into the garden to hide in bushes, where she called 000.
Nelson drove away from the house but soon came back to further attack his partner.
She hid in a parked car but he approached the vehicle and began punching the windows to try and get inside. He then tore a side mirror from the vehicle when the windows failed to shatter.
Defence lawyer John Milburn said Nelson, who was in custody on unrelated matters, was addressing his alcohol issues by attending AA meetings.
Mr Tatnell said he accepted that Nelson was a different person when he was drunk.
Nelson was also convicted of public nuisance and three counts of obstructing police when they tried to arrest him outside his Scarness apartment back on May 17.
On that occasion, he had to be physically restrained and placed in a padded cell.
Nelson was given a parole release date in November.
He will face a further charge of robbery with actual violence over an alleged assault and theft of a mobile phone at Torquay.