A judge has condemned the “brutal and dangerous” family violence assault by a man who fractured his partner’s skull by smashing a guitar over her head.
A judge has condemned the “brutal and dangerous” family violence assault by a man who fractured his partner’s skull by smashing a guitar over her head.

Thug uses guitar to fracture woman's skull

A HOBART man who broke a guitar in two over his partner's head, fracturing her skull, will spend at least a year in jail for his "brutal and dangerous" crime.

The 36-year-old, who pleaded guilty to one count of assault and three counts of common assault, carried out the "violent and unrestrained attack" in August 2018.

The attack on his partner came after he'd already assaulted two of their children, the Supreme Court of Tasmania heard on Tuesday.

"You went to your partner and pushed her head into a sliding door a couple of times and dropped her to the floor," Justice Michael Brett said while sentencing.

"You struck her over the head or to the body with a guitar, thereby smashing it.

"Police arrived shortly after and you were arrested. They saw the smashed guitar which had been broken in two."

Justice Brett said the woman was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital emergency department with a fracture to her skull, swelling and bruising around her eye, a "large and deep" wound on the back of her head, and bruises to her neck and body.

He said the victim still suffered "serious ongoing emotional" impacts.

"Family violence of this nature is of great concern to the community and deserves condemnation," he said.

Justice Brett sentenced the man to two years and three months' imprisonment backdated to September last year, and with the final 15 months suspended.

 

Originally published as Man jailed for breaking guitar over woman's head, fracturing skull