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Man jailed over violent attacks

A man has been sentenced to a prison stay after assaulting his former partner and her brother.
A man has been sentenced to a prison stay after assaulting his former partner and her brother. Mike Knott

A DOMESTIC violence victim has spoken of her relief after her ex-partner who attacked her, and viciously bashed her brother, was jailed.

James William Matts, 37, was yesterday sentenced in Bundaberg District Court to 15 months jail with parole after four months for offences of assault causing bodily harm and common assault on December 22 last year.

Prosecutor Greg Churchill said after the breakdown of his relationship, Matts was collecting some money from his ex-partner but a scuffle ensued when she tried to leave and he attempted to take her keys.

The woman's brother arrived to find his sister on the ground and the brawny Matts trying to take the keys from her.

Before the man could get out of the car, Matts ran towards him and slammed his leg in the car door before opening it again, punching him several times and then ripping his leg so hard his cruciate ligament and cartilage were torn and his bones fractured.

"I'll kill you," Matts told the man whom he continued to punch before hitting his ex-partner who tried to intervene.

"It was cowardly," Mr Churchill said of the attack.

"(The male victim) was not allowed to leave the car leaving him in a vulnerable position."

The court heard Matts had a history of violence including two convictions for assault causing bodily harm and another for common assault.

"I'm relieved to know he's not walking the streets tonight or for the next four months," Matts' ex partner said after the sentence.

"The judge got it right and we're happy he got jail time."

The woman urged other victims of domestic violence to seek help.

"Don't ever be scared to get out," she said.

"Nobody ever deserves to be treated like that.

"Never give up and think you're alone because help is out there."

Matts' barrister Lars Falcongreen said that he had stayed out of trouble for several years.

His client had that he had not intended to hit the woman, he said.

Mr Falcongreen said Matts was a productive member of society and was a father of three.

He will be released from jail on March 20 next year.

Topics:  bundaberg magistrates court domestic violence


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