A 38-year-old man with a history of family violence has been jailed after assaulting his partner.
Warren James Lewis appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday, May 26, charged with two counts of unlawful assault after punching and injuring his partner with a pen.
Senior Constable Jessica Anderson told the court that about 7.30pm on March 21 Lewis began punching the victim three to four times to the ribs and shoulder.
He then proceeded to follow the victim into the living room, grabbed a pen and poked the victim in the arm, which caused bleeding. He then threatened the victim, saying “I’ll stab you and put holes all over you”.
Lewis was later arrested in Warnbro and taken into police custody.
Lewis’ duty lawyer said that at the time of the incident Lewis was struggling to adapt after being released from custody for a previous offence.
“Mr Lewis relapsed from meth use and has had issues with anxiety and depression and hadn’t been taking his medication at the time of the incident,” she said.
“To provide some context to the situation, Mr Lewis has said that the victim made comments about his family looking like rapists and that he looked like a rapist too and that he was not the father of her children.
“Mr Lewis has made it very clear that the incident shouldn’t have happened — this is just to give context.
“He has the skills from previous engagement with programs — he needs to learn to walk away.”
Lewis faced a serial family violence order, as he has now surpassed the three-strike rule after other domestic violence charges within a three-year period.
He has common assault charges dating back to 2020 and 2021, two of which involve the same victim.
Magistrate Vivien Edwards said while Lewis had entered guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity, he had been given several opportunities to not re-offend.
“The only reason the assault stopped was because the victim was able to get away,” she said.
Ms Edwards referred to Lewis as a “serial family violence offender”.
“This behaviour is totally unacceptable. I have been told that you still love (the victim), but if you did in fact you would not be behaving in this way; you do not treat someone you care about in this way,” she said.
Lewis was sentenced to nine months in prison with a 25 per cent discount for time served and will be eligible for parole.