A father-of-two who repeatedly bashed their mother with a beer bottle in a drunken assault at their Lavington home has been jailed for 18 months.
Albury Local Court heard how Victor Bates had suffered a deprived childhood beset by violence and the scourge of alcohol abuse.
But this was the first time had had been in jail, his lawyer argued, and he was now off the grog.
Police arrived at the scene to see “a large amount of blood” coming from a deep laceration on the right-side of the victim’s head.
She also had swelling and grazes to her fingers, hands and knuckles, suffered when she tried to shield herself from Bates’ attack.
Bates must spend 12 months in jail before becoming eligible for parole on July 4, 2019.
Bates, 32, who now lists his home address as Wilcannia, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravene an apprehended violence order.
The court was told that Bates had been involved in “numerous domestic violence-related incidents” that resulted in the order being imposed.
Police said Bates and the victim were both drinking at home in Cheyenne Drive on July 5 about 1am with a number of close family and friends.
They were sitting in the backyard when an argument began over who was taking care of their children.
“The accused has become angered and as a result has taken hold of a beer bottle, which he has thrown at the victim,” police said.
Bates ordered the woman inside and told everyone else to leave.
She sat on a couch while Bates went into the kitchen, but when she stood up to walk away he hit her with another bottle with such force that she fell to the floor.
More attacks followed.
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