A man has been jailed after he choked his partner and then assaulted his son and two police officers.
A man has been jailed after he choked his partner and then assaulted his son and two police officers.

‘DISGRACEFUL’: Man assaults partner, son and officers

A JUDGE has described a man's conduct as "disgraceful" after he injured his partner, son and two police officers when an argument got physical.

The man in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court to six offences including choking in a domestic setting, assault occasioning bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard the man and his partner had been in a "turbulent" relationship for the last 10 years.

On March 27 this year, the man and his partner were arguing but things got physical when he put his hands around her neck and began choking her.

The man's son intervened and he eventually let go of his partner.

Things continued outside the home when the man's partner tried to leave, with another argument starting about a vehicle.

The man tried to pull his partner from the car telling her she wasn't leaving in it.

She received a blow to her right eye during the scuffle.

The man's teenage son offered for the woman to take his car, but the man continued to assault the woman and pushed her into the boot.

The man eventually let go of his partner and he punched his son in the face.

But when police arrived, the violence didn't stop.

The man thrashed around and resisted arrest and two of the officers were assaulted.

One of the officers was headbutted in the face and punched in the side of the head.

The officer was also forced into the wall a number of times causing damage to the plasterboard.

The man was sprayed with capsicum spray by the other police officer but it had little effect.

That police officer was then punched by the man.

During the incident the man's partner sustained bruising to her neck and right eye, his son had a small laceration to his eyebrow, one of the police officers suffered bruising to his eye and pain to his lower back, shoulder and neck.

While in custody the man had a number of conversations over the phone with his partner to try and sort out property arrangements.

During those phone calls the man attempted to convince the woman to withdraw her statement so he could get out of jail.

Crown prosecutor Carla Ahern told the court the man had a criminal history which included previous breaches of domestic violence orders.

She said the fact the offences featured domestic violence was an aggravating feature.

Ms Ahern said the man had also spent 228 days in pre-sentence custody which was declarable.

The man's barrister Callan Cassidy told the court his client accepted his relationship with his partner was now "completely over".

Mr Cassidy said the man had suffered depression "all his life" and also had post traumatic stress disorder which was born out of a previous incident from a prior jail term.

He said his client was remorseful for his offending and had plans to live with his mother upon his release.

Judge Dennis Lynch took into account the man's plea of guilty came at an early opportunity.

Judge Lynch described the man's behaviour as "disgraceful".

"The choking offence is serious, it (the charge) was specifically created because that feature, particularly in domestic relationships, was found to be a common precursor to domestic homicides," he said.

"It was disgraceful that you behaved in that way towards your partner … and then to behave in that way to one of your children.

"It was disgraceful that you behaved as you did when the police came, we rely on the police to solve many of our life's problems. They shouldn't be subjected to that conduct simply because you've lost control of yourself."

He also took into account the man had suffered mental health issues and that his medication had been adjusted prior to the incident.

The man received a head sentence of three years imprisonment with parole release after serving 10 months in custody.

228 days of pre-sentence custody was declared as time already served.


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