Jail for attack on family

AN IRYMPLE man who terrorised his mother-in-law in her own home before striking her daughter – his partner – has been jailed.

County Court judge Irene Lawson said a community corrections order was not punishment enough for the 28-year-old, whose mother-in-law moved out of her home after the violent attack.

The man was yesterday jailed for four years and nine months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months.

The court heard the man had been drinking heavily on January 20, before he went to his mother-in-law's Mildura home in the evening, looking to "punch on" with her partner.

The man later surprised his mother-in-law in her own home after waiting around for her partner to turn up.

During the assault that followed, he punched her repeatedly, stomped on her while wearing boots, dragged her by her hair around the lounge room and strangled her.

"I'll kill you, I'll kill your boyfriend – you're both dead," the man told his mother-in-law.

The court heard he also asked her "had enough yet?" and squeezed her throat harder after she replied that she had.

He later cuddled her and said: "you poor pretty little thing; look what you made me do to you".

The mother-in-law was prevented from leaving her home for more than an hour.

When the man's partner picked him up from her mother's house after a phone conversation, he became violent towards her on the car ride home.

The couple's three-year-old child asked what the man was doing as he hit his partner during the drive and the man told the child he was swatting flies on her.

"You'd better hurry up and get the kids to f---ing sleep; you are going to cop it too," the man told his partner.

Last week, he pleaded guilty to charges including intentionally causing injury, false imprisonment, recklessly causing injury and making a threat to kill.

The man was supported in court by his partner, with whom he has young children, however the woman and her mother no longer have a relationship.

The attack also left the mother-in-law struggling with nightmares and anxiety.

During a Koori Court sentencing conversation, Aboriginal elders and the man's partner told him he needed to abstain from alcohol, which was linked to all his violent 


The court heard the man developed alcohol issues after a tough childhood.

He only came to know his father well once he turned 11 and the man regularly beat him with dog chains.

Judge Lawson took his difficult upbringing and genuine remorse into account in sentencing but said the offences were too serious to place the man on a community corrections order.

"By stomping on her face and strangling her, you could've caused more serious and possibly life threatening injuries," Judge Lawson said.

"You do need to be deterred from acting in this manner in any way in the future."

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