A man who armed himself with a belt and whipped his partner on her face and back tried to administer first aid after the attack.
A man who armed himself with a belt and whipped his partner on her face and back tried to administer first aid after the attack.

Man whips partner with belt in savage attack

A man armed himself with a belt and whipped his partner on her face and back tried to administer first aid after the attack.

Griffin Samuel Stacey Clapham, 22, was emotional and intoxicated at the time of the attack after attending the funeral of his friend.

The Townsville District Court heard Clapham's partner picked him up from a wake at the Irish Club in Mount Isa on December 7 last year.

On the way home Clapham caused a verbal argument in the car over flirtatious messages he found on his partner's phone.

When the couple arrived home Clapham threw his partner's clothes on the floor and whipped her six times with a belt on her back.

Clapham then repeatedly punched his partner in the arm before she ran to hide in the bathroom.

The court heard Clapham followed his partner into the bathroom and her in the head with a shower head and turned the hot water on.

Clapped then choked his partner for five to eight seconds before whipping her face with the belt.

After the assault Clapham tried to administer first aid getting ice packs for her face.

Crown prosecutor Monique Sheppard presented to the court 14 photographs of the victim's injuries and a victim impact statement from Clapham's partner expressing her desire to continue the relationship.

Ms Sheppard said the offending was "gratuitous", "persistent violence" and "extremely serious".

Clapham pleaded guilty seven charges including to two counts assaults occasioning bodily harm whilst armed and one count choking suffocation strangulation domestic relationship.

Defence barrister Dane Marley told the court his client had a clean criminal history and was a promising candidate for rehabilitation.

Mr Marley presented three character references to the court from family friends explaining the attack was "out of character".

Judge John Coker declared the 182 days spent in pre-sentence custody and sentenced Clapham to two years' jail with immediate parole.

Judge Coker described the attack as "savage" and told Clapham after the sentencing that he was lucky to be supported by his family.

"I don't usually make additional comments Mr Clapham but apart from that one occasion you seem to be a very decent young man," he said.

"You are very fortunate indeed to have a relationship with … don't let the opportunity that has been made available to you go."

Convictions were recorded.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.

Originally published as Man whips partner with belt in "savage" attack



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