Generic stock photo domestic violence.  Photo Contributed
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'Stalking' pregnant partner punched, choked on footpath

HE WAS walking to the Woorabinda Warriors bus to play in Rockhampton when he got sick of his pregnant partner "stalking" him, so he chased after her and assaulted her.

Raynard Lee Richardson, 23, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one of choking his now former partner.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker said after punching her and pushing her over on to the bitumen, where her tights were torn and she grazed her hands, knees and stomach, Richardson pushed the 18-weeks pregnant woman into the bitumen before lifting her up and choking her.

The court heard Richardson choked the pregnant woman until she felt she was going to black out.

The offence happened in Woorabinda on July 30, 2017.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Richardson was headed to the bus and his then partner, 22, followed him.

"She didn't want him to go," he said.

"She followed him. He felt she was stalking him... He got angry and 'lost it'."

The court heard Richardson had told the woman to leave him alone before he 'lost it'.

Mr Lo Monaco said Richardson has ended that relationship and plans on relocating to Rockhampton when released from custody, along with doing some courses to get two children he had with another partner back in his custody.

He said his client didn't feel he had a problem with alcohol.

Judge Michael Burnett said Richardson's four-page criminal history was mostly about violence towards others.

"While being told you don't think you have a problem with alcohol, that is inconsistent with your criminal history," he said. The court heard Richardson's history included grabbing a woman by her hair and draging her along the ground.

Judge Burnett ordered Richardson to a three-year six-month head sentence with parole eligibility on November 21, declaring 224 days' presentence custody.



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