Partner hit new mum in the stomach
Karen Matthews | March 23rd, 2011
AN 18-year-old man punched his partner in the stomach, just one day after the woman gave birth to the couple's baby, a court has heard.
Geelong Magistrates' Court was told the assault was one of a series committed by Joshua Oakley on his partner in September last year.
Other incidents included stabbing her with a pen and scissors, slapping her around the face and punching her in the back.
Oakley, of Francis St, Newcomb, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of recklessly causing injury, two counts of unlawful assault and one count of criminal damage.
Police prosecutor, Leading Senior Constable Aaron Riches said that on September 8, last year, an argument developed between the pair.
"Oakley had a pair of scissors in his hand as he approached her to punch her," the prosecutor said.
"The scissors made contact with the victim's right calf, causing a wound and bleeding."
Sen-Constable Riches said about 11pm on September 14, the day after the victim gave birth, Oakley was annoyed at being woken by the noise of the baby wanting a feed.
"He abused the victim and punched her in the stomach," he said.
"The victim fell to the floor cutting her hand on the television."
The prosecutor said that in a separate incident Oakley struck the victim several times to the face and jaw after she told him to leave.
Samantha Dixon, for Oakley, said her client was on anti-depressant medication at the time and "so sedated it sent him mental".
She said Oakley and the victim no longer lived together but remained friends and she was supportive of him.
Magistrate Stephen Myall adjourned the matter until May 20, for a pre-sentence and psychiatric report.