Kids saw mother beaten, court told

A MAN who allegedly made his ex-girlfriend's children watch as he savagely beat her was denied bail yesterday and will stay behind bars for at least a month.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard the 32-year-old allegedly forced his way into the woman's Southern Downs home in the early hours of Monday morning, before punching her repeatedly in her arms and ribs.

He is further accused of taking her children into the same room while he carried out the beating and at one point tried to strike the woman with a fire stoker.

The court heard the woman locked herself in the bathroom and called police.

The man is accused of returning to the same property again twice more that night, smashing down her door and repeatedly punching her in her stomach with both hands.

The man is accused on the third visit of taking the woman's phone to prevent her from calling for help.

He has since been charged with robbery, two counts of break and entry, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, three counts of contravening a domestic violence order and one of possessing dangerous drugs.

Defence lawyer Daniel Habermann yesterday asked the court to grant his client bail and said the man could reside in Brisbane.

Mr Habermann said the couple were continuing some kind of relationship at the time of the alleged offences.

"What we appear to have here is an aberration - they are serious offences and I can't detract from that - but he does have responsibilities, gainful employment and a support network away from this area," he said.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan made a formal objection to bail and asked Magistrate Graham Lee to keep the man in custody.

"These (alleged) offences were carried out over a two-day period, are on the same level as a home invasion and there were a number of children home at the time," he said.

Sgt Wiggan emphasised his concerns that the man would reoffend if he were released back into the community.

Mr Lee agreed with the prosecution and ordered the man remain in custody until his next court appearance.

The accused man is due to appear in the same court on October 30.



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