Two years for vicious attack

A TWEED man will spend two years in jail after his wife's nagging taunts triggered a brutal attack when he bashed her with a lump of timber after arriving home drunk from a footy match to watch Underbelly on television.

“I know I'm in trouble. I'm not trying to run. I came home to watch Underbelly, you know and be a bit of a family,” he told police called to the bloodied scene at a home near Tweed Heads.

A badly injured woman lay near a pool of blood at the scene with head and ear injuries and a broken arm. She spent 10 days in a Gold Coast hospital being treated in its neurosurgical unit.

The 36-year-old labourer, who cannot be named under a court order, was last week sentenced by Lismore District Court Judge James Black on a charge of wounding causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder the woman on February 20, 2008.

Judge Black sentenced him to four years and six months' jail, setting a non-parole period of two years. He reduced the sentence after finding special circumstances, including genuine remorse and good prospects of rehabilitation.

The court heard the couple gave up smoking cannabis four weeks before the violence, with neighbours telling police of hearing frequent arguments at the home.

A neighbour called police just after 10pm on the night of the attack after hearing 'thudding' noises: “It was terrifying and blood curdling. I could hear her screams,” she told police.

The man told police that when his wife heard he had 'called a bloke an idiot' at the football match she began yelling at him, saying the house would get trashed and it was his fault. “She kept nagging me and having a go at me, calling me stupid and an idiot. Anyway she's at me. I just snapped, you know,” he said.

The woman told police she called him 'a loser, a pathetic f...wit', telling him to get out of the house and live somewhere else.

She told how he then lost control, picking up a timber object and hit her numerous times on the head and left arm.

Defence barrister Megan Cusack said her client could not remember hitting his wife during the argument that flared following her provocation.

On the night he had been drinking and taken sleeping pills, but had since taken positive steps including drug and alcohol and relationship counselling.

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