Violent partner just misses jail
A COURT has heard a man woke his ex-defacto with a punch to the face, while the woman was sleeping next to the couple's young daughter.
The 48-year-old former Warwick man was yesterday sentenced to a 12-month intensive correctional order for the November 18 attack, which left the victim with a split lip, black eye and bruise on her back.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan told the court the man punched the woman while she slept with the eight-year-old child and then dragged the woman off the bed and onto the ground.
He then kicked her in the back and when she attempted to get away, slapped her in the face and poured Coke on her head.
Defence solicitor Geoff Hobson told the court an argument had erupted between the pair the night before, when he tried to persuade her to leave a party.
The court heard the woman was heavily intoxicated and refused to leave, threatening to have somebody "stomp" him.
Mr Hobson said his client attempted to wake the still intoxicated woman the next morning to get their daughter ready for school.
The man denied he punched the woman but rather lifted her up, was unable to hold her and then dropped her.
He admitted to slapping and kicking the woman.
The two have separated since the incident and the man told the court he had since relocated to the New South Wales coast.
The man yesterday pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm and the court heard the man has served time for similar offences.
Magistrate Graham Lee told the man he had avoided serving actual time "by the skin of his teeth".