A CAREER criminal had been out of jail for one month when he committed a series of brutal attacks on his partner of almost eight years, a court heard yesterday.
Paul Damien McDonald, 31, appeared in the County Court at Ballarat where he was jailed for five-and-a-half years.
McDonald, who was ordered in 2011 to not commit family violence, pleaded guilty to a string of charges including making a threat to inflict serious injury and intentionally causing serious injury.
The court heard the Sebastopol man’s partner, who he has two children with, now suffers relentless anxiety and a number of physical scars caused by the numerous attacks.
On October 7 last year police were called a home in Sebastopol following reports of a man assaulting a woman.
McDonald, claiming the victim had cheated on him while he was in jail, grabbed her by the throat, threw her to the floor and began punching her with clenched fists.
After begging McDonald to stop, the victim eventually managed to flee the house.
McDonald followed her out, kicked her in the face, dragged her by the hair along concrete and stomped on her hand.
Detailing the offending, which he described as callous and brutal, Judge Howard Mason told the court that on an earlier occasion McDonald held a knife to the victims throat, while threatening he would “deform” her.
“I’m going to give you a skunk scar,” McDonald told the victim.
“I’m going to bowl you and get away with it.”
Judge Mason said McDonald had a long criminal history including similar crimes, and that the nature of these offences was terrifying.
“You were breaking an intervention order that the victim had in place to protect her from these types of acts,” Judge Mason said.
“You are a serious and violent offender.”
McDonald will be eligible for parole in three years.