BASHING a woman senseless in front of four children has resulted in a Warrnambool man being placed on corrections order after spell in custody.
Corey Anthony Bell, 41, of Henna Street, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to stalking, harassing a witness, intentionally damage property, recklessly causing injury, breaching bail and theft.
Magistrate Michael Coghlan sentenced Bell to serve 75 days in prison with a corrections order to follow involving treatment, rehabilitation and programs.
Bell has already spent 68 days in custody and will be eligible for release next Wednesday.
He plans on moving into a Colac caravan park.
The magistrate said a corrections order assessment was reasonably favourable, taking into account Bell's drug use.
Mr Coghlan said Bell had served enough time in custody to satisfy the punitive aspects of sentencing and the CCO would focus on treatment and rehabilitation.
Bell also has to present at the Colac police station to supply a DNA sample to assist police in including or excluding him from future investigations.
On September 10 police arrested Bell in relation to the theft of a mobile phone at a Warrnambool cafe the previous day.
He was released from custody at 12.30pm and half-an-hour later sent two threatening text messages.
Three days later the victim arrived at work and Bell was standing outside the business with a crowbar.
There was a confrontation and the Bell was disarmed.
The victim went to the police station to report the incident and the abusive Bell followed him.
On September 15 Bell was arrested and released on bail.
The next day at 10am Bell attended the undercover walkway at Warrnambool Base Hospital connecting the hospital with its secure mental health facility.
Bell used bins to smash two windows causing $682 damage.
At 5pm that day he went to Nicholson Street.
A woman was there with four children told him he as not welcome and he was asked him to leave almost 10 times.
She sought refuge in a bathroom but Bell forced the door open and punched her to the face several times and kneed her to the ribs.
The children were screaming and the woman was scared she would die.
After Bell left she continually vomited into a bucket.
Th next day Bell was back at the hospital's secure facility at 11am being aggressive to staff.
Police arrested him and found Bell was carrying a knife.
He said he as there to apologise for smashing the windows and used the knife to peel fruit.
When the woman heard Bell was in custody she reported the assault, saying she felt safe after he was locked up.
She suffered bruising and swelling to her head, constant headaches and a black eye.