A MAN who punched his partner in the face because she refused to sleep with him and threw the family dog at his son’s head has been jailed.
The 50-year-old Gin Gin man, who can not be named for legal reasons, faced court on Friday in relation to five different offences including breaching a domestic violence order and breaching bail.
The first violent attack was on December 24, 2010 when the man’s partner was packing to take her son to his grandmother’s house for Christmas.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the man picked up the family dog telling the woman and her son he would “ring the dog’s neck”.
He then pulled one of its limbs making it yelp and then threw it at the boy, hitting his face.
On February 27, police received a call from a child saying his parents were fighting and officers arrived to find the woman in the street with a red, swelling face.
“She said she had been drinking heavily with her de-facto and he had struck her several times with a closed fist,” Sgt Stevens said.
On June 9, police were called to the home again after the 50-year-old man punched the same woman in the face several times because she refused to have sex with him.
He later breached his bail twice by contacting the woman which he had been ordered not to do.
Sgt Stevens said a clear message needed to be sent to the defendant and the community that violence would not be tolerated by the courts.
The prosecutor said the man had a history of assaulting women.
“This has occurred in the presence of a particularly young child,” he said.
“The incident with the dog is distressing for the young child and the community at large.”
Barrister Simon Burgess said the crimes appeared to be fuelled by alcohol.
“He doesn’t wish to trivialise behaviour in any way,” Mr Burgess said.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts said the only appropriate penalty for the man was jail.
“You’ve intimidated your partner, you’ve abused your partner, you’ve threatened your partner,” Ms Batts said.
“You have abused a family pet causing emotional stress no doubt to a young child and your partner.”
The man was sentenced to 12 months jail with parole on October 10, 2011.
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