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Violent domestic abuser paroled despite six year sentence

SHE suffered brutal beatings, then a Gladstone woman was forced to get on her hands and knees and scrub her own blood off the walls, a central Queensland court has heard.

Tristan Andrew Davis, 48, was yesterday sentenced to six years jail in the Rockhampton District Court after pleading guilty to four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, one while armed.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the court Davis abused his partner both physically and verbally over a three-month period in 2010.

Three of the charges related to punches to the head and ribs, but she said the most serious involved Davis beating the Gladstone woman with a chair while she lay on the ground.

"This went on for about 10 minutes," Ms Hedge said.

"He was cruel and callous."

Ms Hedge said the woman now has a cauliflower ear as a result of the attack.

The permanent deformity, often seen in rugby players, is caused when blows are so severe a blood clot develops.

Ms Hedge said the woman was made to clean up her own blood after the beatings, using a mop and scourer.

The court heard the woman has previously moved to Gladstone to escape another violent relationship.

After living in a women's shelter for a short time, she then moved in with the defendant.

The court heard the woman eventually snuck away from the house when Davis was sleeping and went to police.

Ms Hedge said Davis had a history of violence towards women, including a conviction for manslaughter in 2000.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said his client had an unhappy childhood due to an abusive and alcoholic father.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced Davis to six years imprisonment, but ordered he be eligible for parole immediately, taking into account two and a half years he has already served waiting to face court.
 

Topics:  court crime gladstone violence against women



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