Man jailed for violent assault against former partner

A MAN who is no stranger to the inside of a court room has been jailed for his latest brush with the law.

Richard John Ah Cong, 34, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage following an incident involving his former partner.

The offences occurred on October 8, 2014 at her home in Riverview.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court Ah Chong went to the address, was asked to leave before returning two hours later.

She said that is when the violent incidents took place.

"He started banging on the front door before he smashed a window and climbed through it into the laundry area," she said.

"He elbowed his former partner of four months in the face several times.

"He then repeatedly punched another person in the face and head several times before one of the three children inside the house at the time called police."

Ms Kelso said Ah Chong had a lengthy criminal history spanning more than a decade for drugs, assault, property and dishonesty type offences.

She said he had received a litany of sentences over that period including fines, community-based orders, suspended sentences and actual time in custody.

Ms Kelso said Ah Chong was on a suspended sentence for unrelated matters when he committed his latest crimes.

Defence barrister Scott Lynch said Ah Chong's latest act of violence occurred nearly two years ago which was significant given his criminal history.

He said Ah Chong had got his life together over the past 18 months and was now in a new and stable relationship.

"His teenage children are now back living with him and are currently in their senior years at high school," he said.

"One of them is on track to receive an OP1 and wants to pursue a career in dentistry.

"Since this offence he has been seeing a psychologist regularly and he says the sessions have been extremely beneficial."

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren was scathing in sentencing Ah Chong to 18 months behind bars.

"Assaults like this are a scourge in our society and the community denounces them," he said.

"But you have a very long history of committing such like offences."

Ah Chong will be released on parole on October 19, 2016 after serving six months of the sentence.

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