Castletown domestic violence sentencing

A man was sentenced on Tuesday, September 11 in Esperance Magistrates Court, following an assault on his then-partner.

Thirty-one year old Steven Leslie Truman was sentenced by Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright to three months imprisonment for an unlawful assault causing bodily harm.

Mr Truman was also given a global fine of $1200 on three criminal damage charges.

Mr Truman assaulted his then-partner who he had been in a relationship with for around a year, at a Castletown home on September 26, 2015.

Mr Truman pleaded guilty in September 7, 2017.

He had been remanded in custody and was already serving a two and half year term on separate charges.

Mr Truman appeared via video-link from Bunbury for sentencing in Esperance. 

The court heard he was having an argument with his partner and he punched the wall four times.

The victim ran into her laundry to call the police and curled up on the ground to protect herself.

Mr Truman pulled the mobile phone from her causing it to break on the ground.

The victim then went to her vehicle and Mr Truman attempted to pull wires out of the car and pulled the windscreen wiper and indicators from the car causing the vehicle to be inoperable.

The court heard the victim tried to leave the home from the laundry where Mr Truman locked the door.

Mr Truman pinned the victim to the ground, took her by the hair and struck her face against the tiles.

He then said to the victim “now you know what it’s like to be my f------ bitch.”

The victim had cloudy vision, bruising, cuts to her face and felt pain from the incident throughout the following day.

Mr Truman told the magistrate during sentencing proceeding, “I had bite marks and had scratches over me as well.”

The court heard Mr Truman’s relationship with the victim had finished and he had a son.

The magistrate said he took into account Mr Truman’s upbringing and that his rehabilitation for a methamphetamine addiction was well under way. 

If you have experienced violence and require immediate assistance, contact 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732.

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