Rockingham: man sent to prison for punching partner in head 45 times

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A MAN who hospitalised his partner by punching her in the head 45 times has been sent to prison.

Appearing via video link from Hakea prison, the man was sentenced at Rockingham Magistrates Court today on 13 charges including assault occasioning bodily harm, breaching family violence restraining orders and breaching protective bail.

Magistrate Vivian Edwards said there was a need for specific and general deterrence.

“You sent 240 text messages and made 42 phone calls between October 2017 and February 2018,” she said.

“The calls were not answered but some of the texts were derogatory and offensive.

“You punched this person 45 times to the head and she needed medical treatment at hospital.

“It has been submitted to me that you should be placed on an order but you have had total disregard for VRO’s and protective bail.

“You left a program and went and assaulted your partner – you are no longer suitable for community supervision.

“In my view there is no alternative but prison.”

Ms Edwards said the man had been in a turbulent relationship with the victim for 16 years and given the sheer number of offences and text messages she sentenced him to an immediate term of one year and seven months.

He will be eligible for parole.

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