Punched out by partner

A MAN who knocked his partner unconscious after punching her in the head six times has been jailed in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The man pleaded guilty to breach of domestic violence order and breach of bail condition.

Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police were called to a house in Golding Street at 2.30am on May 13.

The defendant had knocked his partner unconscious after repeated punches to the head.

When police and ambulance arrived the defendant had blood on his face and admitted to punching his partner and said he acted in the heat of the moment.

The defendant had a bad history of breaking domestic violence orders and said he was drinking and suffering depression at the time.

He was prescribed medications for the depression but was not taking them.

Duty Lawyer Brad Krebs said a dispute had escalated out of control and the defendant said his partner had punched him in the nose first but he overreacted.

“My client is a disability pensioner with high levels of anxiety and alcohol and drug issues. He is seeing a pschycologist and is attending Ozcare and Anglicare for anger management and alcohol and drug counselling,” Mr Krebs said.

Mr Krebs said the defendant had a lack of education and this was his fourth breach of a domestic violence order in seven years.

“He is taking steps to move forward and address his problems, he wants help.”

The couple are still together and are trying to reconcile their relationship.

Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant it was too much too late.

“You brutalised your partner in her own home and knocked her unconscious in front of a two year old child. You acted in gross contradiction of a court order and a custodial sentence is required,” Mr Carroll said.

The man was sentenced to four months jail suspended for two years after serving one month actual time.

He was fined $250 or four days jail for breach of bail condition and the domestic violence order was extended for another two years.

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