A Panmure man who punched a woman to the head and face and belted her with a leather strap has been jailed for the 120 days he has already spent in custody.
Brendan Bushell, 42, of Rollos Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to five charges including unlawful assaults.
Police said Bushell was living in the backyard of his mother's home in Panmure when he had negative interactions with a woman.
Mid this year Bushell was accused of punching her to the top of the head, throwing her on a bed and hitting her with a leather strap to the legs three times.
At another time he kicked her with steel capped boots, grabbed her by the hair, told her to shut up, punched her three or four times to the face and put as tea towel around her mouth.
When she went to Warrnambool the next day she revealed what had happened and was seen to be suffering swelling to her eyes and jaw.
Bushell has previously been jailed and placed on corrections orders for similar offending.
His lawyer said Bushell had seen four people die, twice been assaulted and had chronic gout.
Magistrate Noreen Toohey said a corrections orders report stated that Bushell had failed to attend drug testing appointments between May and July this year.
"He blames everyone else," she said.
"He's already on a length CCO (community corrections order) with access to services but he has not been doing so."
Ms Toohey decided to impose a sentence involving the 120 days in jail already served and a continuation of the CCO.
She said if Bushell came back for similar offending he could expect to be sentenced to a jail term of 12 months or two years.
"He needs to attend. He's failed to attend testing for months on end. There will be no excuses now," she said.
Bushell's CCO is now expected to expire in mid 2021.
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