'Disgraceful': Punched, strangled, verbally abused partner
A MORANBAH man's jealously-fuelled domestic violence was so brutal his own lawyer conceded it was an "appalling example of conduct towards a vulnerable woman".
The 29-year-old punched his then-partner in the head repeatedly, strangled her, threatened to kill her, squeezed her hand until it bled and tossed a bar stool towards her.
It followed a night out in Moranbah, which devolved into violence when Jason Raymond Ellis spotted the woman chatting with another man.
"What are you doing with my missus, c**t," he screamed through the streets.
Ellis tackled the fellow to the ground, causing him to black out, before launching a prolonged attack on his partner, Crown prosecutor Joshua Hanna told a court.
After Ellis punched her in the back of the head over and over, police on the beat came across the pair and spoke to them separately.
The woman overheard Ellis telling police he loved her and was going to marry her. She thought Ellis had calmed down and didn't report the beating.
Soon after police left, Ellis went back to hitting his partner in the head.
When Ellis and his partner returned home she attempted to hide the keys in her bra, fearing the beating would worsen inside.
She wasn't wrong; Once in the home Ellis again punched her in the head repeatedly - knocking her face first into a door - before grabbing her throat until she struggled to breathe.
"I should have killed you like the rest," he threatened.
Finally, after a neighbour who heard the violence screamed at the pair to shut up (but did not call police), the woman managed to sneak a call to 000.
Ellis was arrested and spent 250 days in jail before facing Mackay District Court on Thursday, supported by his parents.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm (one in public while intoxicated), common assault, strangling or suffocation and contravening a domestic violence order, dated to January.
Defence barrister Adrian Braithwaite, instructed by Russo Lawyers, described Ellis' behaviour as "disgraceful", but said his client had spent a long time behind bars to reflect.
Ellis, who has a history of drunken violence, was said to be remorseful over his actions, which occurred on the night he broke a long period of sobriety.
The father of several children, Ellis had a job lined up as a furniture removalist, Mr Braithwaite said, and planned to see a psychologist on his release.
Judge Paul Smith said references indicated Ellis was a "good person" - when he wasn't drinking.
He advised Ellis to seek help to rein in his anger, warning he could seriously injure or kill somebody.
The judge took into account Ellis' timely plea and cooperation with authorities and handed down a head sentence of two years, with immediate parole.
Ellis will have to undergo urine testing on parole, and was also sentenced to 40 hours community service.
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