He attacked her car with a shovel until his knuckles bled

A MAN will spand six months in jail for terrifying his partner by smashing her car with a shovel.

A court heard the man smashed the windscreen of a car after a verbal feud with the woman.

The 30-year-old man appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court,

while the victim sat in the back of the room nursing their baby.

The court heard police were notified of the attack by a witness earlier this year, and attended the victim's home.

On arrival they noticed the man's bloody knuckles, and he told them he had fallen over.

Police then questioned the man over the car's smashed windscreen.

At this point he became agitated, and yelled threats at the woman for fear she would speak to police.

Police arrested the man, placed him in the police car and talked to the victim.

She told police the couple had been arguing when the man grabbed a shovel and smashed the car windscreen.

A witness on the street told police the man then stormed next door, and the two residents of that home were forced to lock themselves in their bedroom for fear of being attacked.

The man's partner cried in the back of the courtroom while Magistrate Bevan Manthey condemned the man's "gutless" actions.

"I've had a gutful of these types of breaches," Mr Manthey said.

Mr Manthey said he had "no tolerance" for "persistent offenders like (the man)".

Earlier this year, the man was sentenced to do 100 hours community service for a similar offence but he didn't complete the order.

"He's stubbed his nose (at rehabilitation)," Mr Manthey said.

"He's done zilch, zero.

"(Domestic violence breaches) are cowardly... they're gutless... and the way children have to put up with this.

"It's not going to be tolerated."

The man was sentenced to 18 months jail but will be released on parole after serving six months.

Mr Manthey had an extra suggestion for the father.

"You should be man enough to piss off... and say, I'm out of here and let (the family) get on with their lives."


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