A Warrnambool County Court judge says the community and judiciary are sick of men bashing women and it must stop.
It was as if there was a war of men versus women, Judge James Montgomery said.
He made the comments yesterday in sentencing a Portland man who punched his partner in the face four to five times with a coffee mug.
Daniel Ian Leggett, 33, previously of Wellington Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday to intentionally causing serious injury.
The court heard Leggett and his partner had been together for 12 months when they moved into a friend’s house in Portland.
On May 28 Leggett and his partner had been talking about ending their relationship.
At about 1am Leggett, his partner and the friend were watching TV when he snapped and grabbed his partner by her neck and said “if you want me to kill you I will”.
He later pushed his partner and punched her in the face with a coffee mug.
As his partner was on the ground, Leggett told her to get up.
When she didn’t do it quick enough he punched her in the face again.
Crown Prosecutor Temple Saville said it was an unprovoked and vicious attack with a weapon used four to five times to the face to cause serious injury. The court heard the assault breached an 18-month suspended sentence imposed in the Portland Magistrates Court in December 2012 for a burglary.
Leggett’s defence counsel said while the offending was serious it was not the most serious example of an intentionally cause injury charge.
She said Leggett had eight siblings and an abusive, alcoholic father. He left school in year 8 and began working at a seafood packing company which closed when he was about 15.
Since then he has been unemployed and has a history of substance abuse.
On the night of the assault Leggett had consumed some beer and 10 Serepax tablets.
The court heard Leggett had a long criminal history, mostly for dishonesty offences, and since the assault his partner had forgiven him and supported him in court.
Judge Montgomery said it was an unprovoked attack and being drunk and using Serepax was no excuse.
He said the victim may have forgiven him but many women wouldn’t.
“Believe me, the community and this court is sick of men bashing women,” he said. “It’s got to stop.”
Judge Montgomery said he had to send a message that this type of behaviour couldn’t be tolerated.
Leggett was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non- parole period of 21 months and two weeks.