Assault brings jail term

A MAN described as having a history of domestic violence was yesterday jailed for eight months over an assault on his former partner.

Jason Brett Kruse had punched her in the throat, slapped her to the head and later used a broom to damage her car.

Kruse, 39, of Lavington, has been in custody with bail refused since December 3 and appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court through a video link from jail.

He was on a bond imposed in September for assault when he committed further offences in December.

Magistrate Tony Murray revoked the bond and imposed a fixed jail term of two months.

Kruse received the eight-month term, with minimum of four months, on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, damaging property and contravening an apprehended violence order.

He had been in a relationship for four years until it ended last September and police sought an apprehended violence order on the victim’s behalf.

She drove to get Kruse from a friend’s place about 5.30pm on December 2 and they had argued in the car.

The victim parked in her driveway where the argument had continued about Kruse supposedly having the woman’s purse.

He was in the front passenger seat and the victim walked around to talk to him.

She crouched down and received a blow with a closed fist to her throat.

She fell backwards, injuring her feet and right hand, and Kruse went to the backyard where he started throwing items around.

The victim was frightened and asked a neighbour to come over in an attempt to calm Kruse.

But he went inside the house, chased the victim around and slapped her.

The woman escaped with her children to a neighbour’s home and called the police.

Kruse left on his bicycle before police arrived, but returned about 12.30am and used a broom to smash the tail lights and reversing lights on the victim’s car.