A man who pleaded guilty to assault was sentenced to nine months in jail and released immediately on parole.
A man who pleaded guilty to assault was sentenced to nine months in jail and released immediately on parole. Creatas

Man kicked pregnant teen in 'horrifying' assault

A MAN kicked his partner's pregnant daughter in the stomach, grabbed her hair, dragged her and bit down on her finger until it bled.

He also smashed a shrine to a deceased family member in her bedroom.

The 46-year-old man, who can't be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm and wilful damage as a domestic violence offence in the Mackay Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine told the court that on June 19, the man had been drunk and told his partner's daughter, who he lived with in Bucasia, that he wanted to talk.

The 19-year-old woman said she would speak to him when he was sober and a verbal argument followed.

Snr Const Erskine said things escalated and the man kicked the woman in the stomach. She was 13 weeks pregnant. The woman said she was pregnant and he kicked her again.

The woman's mother and boyfriend witnessed the man grab her by her hair and drag her from the kitchen to her bedroom. He bit her finger three times and drew blood.

The woman left the home. When she returned, the man had smashed her two televisions, destroyed her gaming console and put holes in a wall. Snr Const Erskine said a shrine in her bedroom had been damaged.

Defence barrister Phillip Moore said the man had been diagnosed with depression in 2006.

Mr Moore provided a reference from his former partner, who said the two had been in a loving relationship and he had treated the victim as a daughter.

Mr Moore said the man had acted out of character. He said that his anti-depressant dosage had doubled in March and, combined with alcohol, that had affected his behaviour.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson described the assault as "horrifying" and "reprehensive". She said it could have had "dire consequences", including miscarriage.

Ms Wilson said the man had no criminal history and the incident appeared to be a one-off aberration. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and released immediately on parole.


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