Umnart Toby Aitchison. Pic by Richard Gosling.
Umnart Toby Aitchison. Pic by Richard Gosling.

Woman stomper ‘terrified’ by first taste of prison

A 25-YEAR-OLD Gold Coast man who was "terrified" during an 18 day stay behind bars has been thrown back in prison for strangling his former partner and stomping on her head.

Young father Umnart Toby Aitchison faced the Southport District Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic relationship.

The court heard in October 2016 Aitchison choked his former partner and the mother of his child so hard she couldn't breath for 15 to 30 seconds.

Aitchison was pulled away from the woman, who he had pinned up against a garage door, by his mother and neighbours.

Gold Coast man Umnart Toby Aitchison sent to prison for choking and stomping the mother of his child.
Gold Coast man Umnart Toby Aitchison sent to prison for choking and stomping the mother of his child.

The court heard that when the woman fell to the ground Aitchison stomped on her head which caused swelling and bruising.

The assault happened when the woman visited his residence to collect her little girl following a text message argument.

The court heard a domestic violence order had been put in place nine months before the assault.

The crown prosecutor said Aitchison's actions were "disgraceful and cowardly".

There was no victim impact statement.

The Aitchison's defence lawyer said his client had an "excellent upbringing" and was terrified during the combined 18 days he spent in the Southport Watchhouse and Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre before being bailed after the assault.

He had bail conditions which said he must not take drugs or alcohol.

Gold Coast man Umnart Toby Aitchison sent to prison for choking and stomping the mother of his child
Gold Coast man Umnart Toby Aitchison sent to prison for choking and stomping the mother of his child

Aitchison's lawyer said his client had "difficulty managing his anger" when he drank alcohol.

He said Aitchison's mother described the period of her son's life before the assault as being "soaked with alcohol".

In sentencing Judge David Kent QC said the Aitchison's offences were "extremely serious" and had a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Mr Kent took into account Aitchison's guilty plea, compliance with bail conditions and the now "cordial" relationship he had with his former partner.

But he said the 18 days Aitchison spent in prison were not enough.

Mr Kent said he wanted to make it clear: "the court denounces the conduct which (Aitchison was) involved in".

Aitchison was given an 18 month prison sentence with a parole release date of February 20, 2018.



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