Violent domestic abuser jailed for six years

AFTER brutal beatings, a Central Queensland woman was forced to get down on her hands and knees and scrub her own blood off the walls, a Rockhampton court has heard.

Tristan Andrew Davis, 48, was yesterday sentenced to six years jail in the Rockhampton District Court after pleading guilty to four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, one while armed.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the court Davis abused his partner both physically and verbally over a three-month period in 2010.

She said three of the charges related to punches to the head and ribs.

However, she said the most serious involved Davis beating the Gladstone woman with a chair while she lay on the ground.

"This went on for about 10 minutes," Ms Hedge said.

"He was cruel and callous."

Ms Hedge said the woman now has a cauliflower ear as a result of the attack.

The permanent deformity, often seen in boxers and wrestlers, is caused when a blow is so severe a large blood clot develops under the skin.

Ms Hedge said the woman was made to clean up her own blood after the beatings, using a mop and scourer.

The court heard the woman moved to Gladstone to escape another violent relationship.

After living in a women's shelter for a short time, she then moved in with the defendant.

The court heard the woman eventually snuck away from the house when Davis was sleeping and went to police.

Ms Hedge said Davis had a history of violence towards his partners, including a conviction for manslaughter in New South Wales in 2000.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said his client had an unhappy childhood due to an abusive and alcoholic father.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced Davis to six years imprisonment and ordered he be eligible for parole immediately. This took into account the two and a half years he has already served.



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