Dapto man attacked pregnant partner: court

A Dapto man repeatedly grabbed his pregnant partner around the throat before headbutting and punching her in a violent attack on Christmas Eve, Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Jamie Craig is accused of seriously assaulting his girlfriend, who was six-weeks’ pregnant, in front of their three-month-old daughter, leaving the woman with swelling and a section of her hair missing.

Police claim the 20-year-old arrived at his partner’s house on December 24 last year, heavily intoxicated, and started accusing her of cheating on him.

The pair continued to argue, causing Craig to become more aggressive, before he allegedly walked over to the woman, grabbed her around the throat and squeezed.

Police claim he then head-butted his partner several times, pushing her over a lounge, before he leant over and again squeezed her around the throat.

It is alleged Craig then forced the woman onto her side where he began punching her in the head as she tried to grab his face, in an attempt to ward him off.

Craig eventually released his grip, allowing his partner to stand, but soon grabbed her around the throat again and started punching her arms and shoulders, the court was told.

The woman managed to escape and rang her sister, who arrived a short time later, and warned Craig to ‘‘stop being an idiot in front of his daughter’’.

Police claim Craig then started arguing with his partner’s sister, grabbing her neck and squeezing tightly, before he pinned her to a table and punched her in the arm.

The sisters fled the house and called police.

Craig was later charged with two counts of common assault, along with one count each of resisting police, intimidation, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravening an AVO.

Opposing the man’s bid for bail yesterday, prosecutor Sergeant Mark Rollestone described the matter as ‘‘very serious’’, noting the alleged attack was instigated against a vulnerable woman.

Defence solicitor John Gallagher told the court Craig could provide a surety, would report to police and would agree to stay away from his girlfriend.

Magistrate Michael Stoddart refused Craig bail and adjourned the matter to January 14.