A MANDURAH man was sentenced to six months and one day in prison on Friday after he stabbed his partner with a pen and punched her in the face.
The man, who cannot be named to protect his victim, pleaded guilty to two counts of bodily harm in circumstances of aggravation, two counts of criminal damage, failing to appear in court and possessing two stolen bankcards.
Police prosecutors told the court he became enraged with his partner at their shared home on March 12.
The man chased his partner into their bedroom and stabbed her in the hand with a pen.
He left the home but returned the next morning.
The victim woke up to find him staring at her. He hit her, causing bruising.
The woman ran out of the house and alerted neighbours to call the police.
He was also sentenced for trashing his father-in-law’s house in Perth on January 10.
The man became upset and threw knives from a drawer at his father-in-law, damaged a coffee table, threw chairs off the balcony and smashed a glass sliding door.
On March 13, police saw him walking in Erskine at 12.15am.
They searched him and found two stolen bankcards in his pocket.
The man told police his dealer had given them to him.
He was represented in court by the duty lawyer, who said the man was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.
She said he punched his partner because he found her in bed with their neighbour the day after he stabbed her with the pen.
The pair have two young children together and had had a “volatile” relationship.
She said the man had a history of alcohol and methamphetamine abuse.
His behaviour was blamed on having an abusive father who used to attack his mother.
Magistrate Joe Cicchini said there was no room in the community for domestic violence.
He said a strong message needed to be sent to offenders that this sort of conduct would not be tolerated.
Mr Cicchini sentenced the man to six months and one day in prison for the violent offending.
He was sentenced to three months to be served concurrently for stealing and damage.
The man was fined $600 for the other offences and ordered to pay costs.