A former Unanderra firefighter subjected his pregnant girlfriend to a torrent of verbal and physical abuse before trashing their Basin View home and trying to urinate on her cat.
Michael James Stuart, 39, left the Point Road home on the evening of November 9, 2012, in ‘‘good spirits’’, heading to a friend’s house for a party.
But it was a very drunk, very different man who returned in the early hours of the following morning.
Police documents tendered to Wollongong District Court on Friday revealed the woman was subjected to more than four hours of intimidation and physical and verbal abuse, often fearing for her own life and that of her pet cat.
The court heard the woman was woken at 2am by Stuart yelling out to her ‘‘let me in, you slut’’.
Once inside, Stuart unleashed a tirade of abuse, threatening to ‘‘cave in’’ the woman’s head and ‘‘rip [her] cat’s head off and splatter [her] with the blood’’.
At one point Stuart grabbed the cat by the neck and made a slicing motion across the animal’s body, telling the woman how he planned to carry out the killing.
When she tried to calm him down, Stuart threw a tray of food at her, hitting her in the chest.
During the ordeal Stuart trashed the home, overturning several items of furniture and smashing the television, stereo and a window.
He also urinated on the floor, stove top, kitchen table, dining chairs and inside the woman’s handbag.
His attempt to urinate on the cat was thwarted when it ran away.
Stuart hit the woman multiple times and eventually locked her out of the house while he continued to wreak havoc inside.
At one stage police arrived at the house, however the woman was too scared to report Stuart.
‘‘I want to slash your throat and send a photo to your daughter,’’ he yelled at her after the officers had left.
‘‘I’m going to send your head to Nowra cop shop with a note.’’
The woman eventually escaped to a neighbour’s house before going to police.
Stuart was arrested at the home at 3.15pm that afternoon and charged with seven counts of malicious damage, intimidation, assault and contravening domestic violence orders.
He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted after a hearing in Nowra Local Court in July and was sentenced to two years’ jail with a non-parole period of 18 months.
He was on Friday successful in having the non-parole period reduced to 12 months, and the overall sentence to 20 months.
Stuart admitted to having a significant problem with alcohol, saying his anger issues were exacerbated when he drank.
‘‘If it wasn’t for alcohol, I wouldn’t be here,’’ he said.
Judge Paul Conlon granted Stuart’s request for a lesser sentence owing to the fact he had a limited criminal record.
However, he also slammed Stuart’s behaviour, describing his treatment of the woman as ‘‘sub-human’’.