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Jailed for pushing partner off crutches, dragging by hair

THE consequences of violently abusing his former partner and mother of his child were evident in the face of a 21-year-old man as he waited to be led from Maroochydore Magistrates Court to prison.

His head rested in his hands as he stared blankly ahead.

He was consoled by his defence lawyer, who had unsuccessfully tried to keep him from jail.

His father, who had listened to evidence from the public gallery, spoke sternly with him before they embraced and said goodbye.

Magistrate John Hodgins referred to some terrible acts of violence against women that shocked Queensland this week when he yesterday sentenced the man to six months in prison.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, was already on a suspended prison sentence for breaching a domestic violence order when he attacked the woman at a Marcoola home on April 12.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Phillip Stephens said the man had pushed his former partner off her crutches during an argument over a mobile phone.

He then dragged her by her hair into a wall, the court heard.

Sgt Stephens said the man was back at the same home five days later collecting some possessions when an argument began.

He said a neighbour was standing beside the woman when the man told her "next time no-one is here, I will kill you".

Sgt Stephens said the man then turned to the neighbour and said "you're lucky you're here or she would be dead".

Defence lawyer Anna Smith said her young client was getting his life on track with a job and a home and would lose both if jailed.

She said the relationship had ended.

Mr Hodgins referred to the deaths of women at the Gold Coast in separate incidents in the past few days.

"I think there is a groundswell in the community in relation to domestic violence matters," Mr Hodgins said.

Ms Smith said her client shouldn't be made an example of because of others' actions. But Mr Hodgins said that was not what was happening.

"I just think the community disdain upon domestic violence is growing and we are seeing deaths now. I think the court has got to give a strong message that domestic violence is just not tolerable."

The man is due for release on parole in November.

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