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Woman brutally bashed after she finds partner cheating

A BATTERY Hill man grabbed his partner by the throat and rammed her head into a window after she raised suspicions he was cheating.

The Caloundra Magistrates Court heard that the 37-year-old man's explosive reaction breached a domestic violence order that was already in place.

Magistrate Barry Barrett described the breach as about "as serious as it gets".

The court heard the man, who cannot be named, lashed out at the woman as she lay on the bed crying after finding text messages on her phone which led her to believe he was cheating.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Nick Nitschke said the man grabbed the woman around the neck with both hands and smashed her head into a window twice.

Sgt Nitschke said the man then left the room and punched holes in a door and walls.

When the woman tried to escape, he grabbed her and threw her on to a couch, Sgt Nitschke said.

He said the man then threw her mobile phone at her, clipping her shoulder.

Sgt Nitschke said the victim was subjected to a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse by the man, who repeatedly told her to call the police during the violent episode.

The woman was eventually able to run out of the house when the man went into the kitchen.

The court was told the couple, who have been together eight years and four children between them, have since reconciled.

Other charges against the man had been withdrawn but police persisted with the breach of domestic violence order.

Lawyer Tim Hishon said the man had simply wanted to leave but the couple began fighting.

"Things got out of hand. He doesn't want to contest the allegation. He concedes the breach," he said.

Mr Barrett said the man's physical and verbal abuse and damage he caused to property breached the DV order in every possibly way.

"This is as serious as it gets in relation to breaching a domestic violence order."

Mr Barrett ordered him to serve three months jail but suspended the sentence immediately in recognition of the fact that the couple had since reconciled and planned to apply to vary the DV order.

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