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Court told of woman's terror as she is bashed and whipped

A GYMPIE man with a long history of violence against women will have served 10 months in jail for his latest offences, by the time he is released on parole on October 17.

Gympie Magistrates Court was told Phillip Jeffrey Blacker punched a woman in the head on December 18, after expressing anger that she was late giving him a lift.

He had whipped her with a chain necklace as she drove, causing welts in the shape of the chain links and causing her to shake in terror.

Prosecutor Mark Phillips said Blacker told her to "stop making a fuss" as she begged him to stop.

He then ripped the spoiler off her car and hit her with it in the eye, causing her to faint.

She was roused by her daughter, 6, who told her she was bleeding.

She then left the scene and was located by police.

The court was told Blacker was declared a serious violent offender in 2002 and had spent eight years in jail.

Blacker's legal representative said remorse was an issue and Blacker had been a well behaved prisoner, "despite the volatile and violent nature of the jail environment."

Magistrate M Baldwin told Blacker he needed to "stop blaming drugs, your childhood, doctors, post traumatic stress disorder and just accept that you have made wrong choices and have to stop.

"For the next three years you are on thin ice," she said, sentencing him to 30 months jail, including time already served, with further sentences suspended for three years and parole from October 17.

She said Blacker appeared to be more remorseful for the situation he was in than the injuries caused to his victim.

"I hope (the sentence) provides you with the chance to face the fact that you have a serious problem with violence and a more serious problem with how you treat women," she said, saying his conduct was not acceptable. 

Gympie Times

Topics:  crime, violence



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