"A PROTRACTED display of chilling violence" is how a judge yesterday described an attack on a Hervey Bay man who was almost killed in front of his little girl.
Glenn Michael Holz was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years jail in Hervey Bay's District Court for the vicious attack on his girlfriend's estranged partner earlier this year.
While the sentence was regarded as one of the toughest handed down by the court for grievous bodily harm, Judge Leanne Clare said she took into account the brutality involved and the effect on the victim.
The 35-year-old Holz had been in custody since April 17 when he was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.
At the time, investigating officer Senior Constable Peter Edwards described the victim's injuries as some of the worst he had seen.
He also recounted statements from witnesses who said they had heard the 10-year-old girl screaming "Daddy don't die", as her father lay unconscious and bleeding in the gutter.
Yesterday, the court heard the man and his daughter were walking to her mother's home when Holz confronted them, punched him to the ground and repeatedly kicked and stomped his head.
Holz returned a short time later and continued his attack, also injuring the girl's mother who became "collateral damage" when she tried to intervene.
Between blows, Holz was heard to say words to the effect of "this is what you get when you play with fire".
The father was rushed to hospital and placed in an induced coma before being airlifted to Brisbane where he was treated for multiple facial fractures and underwent surgery.
When found later in the evening, Holz still had his victim's blood on his hands and feet.
During submissions from the Crown Prosecutor and defence barrister, it was revealed Holz had a long history of violence and had previously faced court for various drug offences, assaults, stabbing a man in the chest, assaulting two police officers and breaching five domestic violence orders.
His partner supported him in court yesterday.
In sentencing, Judge Clare said "your passion blinded you to the screams of the man's child" who clearly thought her father was being murdered.
She said while Holz had not been charged with attempted murder, she still had to take into the account the deliberate nature of the "calculated course of brutality".
She also acknowledged the contents of the victim impact statement which said he had continued difficulty with speech, walking, taste, smell, sight, breathing and emotional trauma.
Ms Clare declared the 216 days spent in custody as time served and sentenced Holz as a "serious violent offender".