Man grabs cop’s testicles after brutally beating wife

 

A New Year's Eve drinking session ended in a man brutally bashing his ex-wife before grabbing a police officer's penis and testicles.

On October 2017, Gregory John O'Brien, 58, informed his partner of 30 years that he was moving to Tasmania to be with another woman.

The court heard on New Year's Eve 2017 O'Brien had consumed a six pack of beers, two glasses of champagne as well as scotch and sodas.

At about 11pm, the man's ex-wife went to bed but woke a short time later and overheard O'Brien saying unkind comments about her on the phone to his girlfriend, the court heard.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Payne told the court the man's ex-wife knocked on O'Brien's bedroom door to tell him to stop talking about her before she was attacked.

 

Gregory John O’Brien was jailed for brutally bashing his ex-wife. Picture: FILE
Gregory John O’Brien was jailed for brutally bashing his ex-wife. Picture: FILE

 

"The defendant pushed the complainant into the bedroom causing her to fall on the bed," she said.

"He hit her to the side of the face so hard that she thought her jaw was broken.

"The complainant tried to roll over but he grabbed her by the throat and squeezed hard and she was unable to move and her breathing was hindered.

"She thought she was going to die if she didn't escape so she let her body go limp … he then grabbed a pillow and placed it over her face."

The court heard the attack lasted 20 minutes.

Ms Payne said the man's ex-wife was present in the courtroom for the sentence and presented to the court a bundle of photographs of her injuries as well as a victim impact statement.

The court heard after police arrived to arrest O'Brien, he squeezed a police officer's penis and testicles.

The event was captured on the officer's body worn camera.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to three charges including choking, suffocation, strangulation associated with domestic violence and serious assault.

A last minute decision by O'Brien to plead guilty last week saved his ex-wife and his daughter from giving evidence in a trial, the court heard.

Defence barrister Harvey Walters told the court the couple met in 1987 before marrying in 2000 but there had been a slow decline in the marriage and they had amicably split in 2017.

Mr Walters said O'Brien had relocated to Tasmania and had been battling prostate cancer since his diagnoses in January 2019.

Judge Gregory Lynham told O'Brien his behaviour was "cowardly".

"Any offence of domestic violence is not condoned by the courts," Judge Lynham said.

"Under no circumstances is any man justified inflicting fits of violence towards a woman.

"Certainly here, nothing that the complainant did justifies in any way, make or form you engaging in the protracted brutal assault upon her that you did."

O'Brien was sentenced to two and a half years' jail time, suspended after eight months with an operational period of three years.

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Originally published as Man grabs cop's testicles after brutally beating wife



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