The Magistrate had stern words for the man accused of a vicious attack on his wife. File photo
The Magistrate had stern words for the man accused of a vicious attack on his wife. File photo THINKSTOCK

Toowoomba man who punched, headbutted wife freed in weeks

A TOOWOOMBA man who was convicted of headbutting and punching his wife numerous times in an alcohol-fuelled domestic attack will be free in just a few weeks, the city's Magistrates Court has heard.

Appearing from the Arthur Gorrie prison, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to contravening a domestic violence order against the mother of his children last March.

His solicitor Peter Sloane told the court his client was intoxicated at the time of the incident, but had only started drinking when he was 22.

"I have told my client that violence against women is abhorrent," he said.

Despite the defendant's limited criminal history, Magistrate Kay Ryan pulled no punches when sentencing the man.

"You were sentenced to a term of imprisonment in 2014 for breaching a domestic violence order," she said.

"This incident was not just a push, there were three punches and a headbutt.

"Being under the influence may be a reason but it is not an excuse, this is the mother of your children and this is not on."

The man was sentenced to nine months jail, with a parole release date of June 3.

His 77 days in remand was taken into account as time already served.

He was also placed on a five-year domestic violence order.



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