Assault was gutless and cowardly

A CHRISTMAS Day bashing ruined family festivities for one young mother whose former de facto was described as ‘a gutless coward’.

He was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty in Lismore Local Court to punching and kicking her.

Magistrate Roger Prowse told Richard Hill, 36, of Coraki, he needed to ‘turn into a man and not a mindless thug’ after pleading guilty to assaulting the woman at 11.25am on December 25, 2008 and causing grievous bodily harm.

In April last year, Hill received a 12-month suspended jail sentence for his cowardly assault and placed on a good behaviour bond by a Lismore magistrate.

Hill was again arrested for breaching his bond after attacking his former partner at 2.30am on October 10 while attending an 18th birthday party in the Greenridge Hall.

Police facts state the woman saw Hill drinking beer and kept her distance from him at the birthday bash, but he twice went over and tried to entice her to go home with him.

“No, I don’t want you,” she told Hill.

As she turned away to watch a fight between two other party-goers Hill rushed at her with a bottle in his hand. The woman was knocked to the ground with Hill on top of her until another guest dragged him off.

In the Christmas Day assault, for which Hill received the suspended jail sentence, police facts state he was drinking and became abusive. During an argument the couple ‘shaped up’ and Hill punched her three or four times to the head and she fell to the ground.

Hill then appeared to stomp on her with his foot and while she lay motionless on the ground he kicked her before walking away.

“Your actions were those of a gutless coward,” Mr Prowse told Hill.

“It’s bad enough to belt your missus, but to then engage in that behaviour (the kick and stomp) is absolutely reprehensible, the lowest act around.”

Mr Prowse said the 12-month suspended sentence Hill previously received from another Lismore magistrate ‘is far too little for that gutless, cowardly attack’.

“As far as I can see you kept putting the hard word on her when she said no,” he said.

Mr Prowse said he agreed with defence lawyer Tom Trembath there were special circumstances, including the need for Hill to address his alcohol abuse.

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