Christopher Willert has been arrested and charged on two counts of assault causing bodily harm to his girlfriend on July 23,2016. With no previous offences of violence, Willert, 32 pleaded guilty to the District Court in Bundaberg.
The maximum jail sentence is seven years.
Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly said Willert had been seeing the 40-year-old woman for seven months. He was living at his mother’s house in Kalkie and on July 23 day there had been two arguments about 3pm, then at 6pm.
The court heard how Willert grabbed the victim’s throat, dragged her into a hallway, smashed her head three times into a wall and dropped her on to the floor. Ms Kelly said the second assault occurred after the pair returned from town after doing errands.
A verbal argument broke out and Willert’s mother intervened, before he dragged his girlfriend by the throat down a hallway and outside. Willert lifted the woman up and dropped her on to concrete.
He took her mobile phone, punched her in the nose, and she fell back on to the ground briefly losing consciousness.The woman had blood on her face and Willert’s mother told him to let her back inside the house. A taxi was called and the woman left. She suffered bruising, grazing and a black eye.
Judge William Everson accepted the woman had soft tissue injuries and the violence caused her emotional distress. Willert’s barrister, Simone Bain said, “This was not a violent relationship. It was a one-off episode when he lost his temper.”
Ms Bain said there was an argument about the victim’s infidelity. She admitted to having an affair and the violence was the result of Willert wanting her to leave the house. Ms Bain said Willert had been diagnosed with a mood disorder problem 12 years ago, complicated by his then ongoing marijuana use that caused him psychotic episodes.
Judge Everson sentenced Willert to three months jail for the first offence and 12 months jail for the second, to be served currently. He ordered Willert’s immediate release on parole.