A MAN has been sentenced to six months in jail, followed by an 18-month community corrections order, for violence against his former partner and their daughter.
The Bendigo Magistrates' Court heard the man assaulted his partner with a metal rod.
The man also assaulted their daughter, who his partner had been trying to shield from the attack.
"This is very serious family violence offending," magistrate Russell Kelly said.
He accepted that the man had little memory of the events, having been "grossly intoxicated" at the time.
Mr Kelly said the court could make the reasonable assumption the man's violence would have an effect on his daughter.
The magistrate noted that the man had experienced significant trauma in his own childhood and ongoing psychiatric issues.
"You're doing to them what was done to you," Mr Kelly remarked.
The magistrate sentenced the man with both general and specific deterrence in mind.
Mr Kelly accepted the man had pleaded guilty to the offending before the court at an early stage.
Charges included recklessly causing injury, related to the man's offending against his partner and their child on November 27.
The man was also convicted and fined $300 on for using a carriage service to menace, a charge relating to abusive text messages the man sent his mother following an altercation on December 24.
There were a number of other charges before the court, including resist police and serious assault.
Earlier this year, the court heard the man refused to cooperate with police when they returned to the address where he had assaulted his partner and child.
Officers called for the Critical Incident Response Team after the man threatened to stab them with a knife if they didn't leave, the court heard.
The response team arrived and arrested the man roughly three hours later. The man kicked at the police car and pushed officers during the arrest, the court heard.
The man's own lawyer, Robert Morgan, described his behaviour as "disgusting". However, Mr Morgan said his client had clearly shown remorse for his actions.
"He's determined to get his life back on track," Mr Morgan said on Thursday.
He argued for the court to consider the circumstances his client had endured during his 115 days in custody on remand.
Mr Morgan said the man was in Port Phillip Prison when the entire facility went into lockdown because of an assault on a guard.
The lockdown meant the man, and everyone else in the prison, was only allowed an hour out, Mr Morgan said.
The lawyer said the man couldn't do anything to help rehabilitate himself during the lockdown because courses were not running.
People in the prison at the time also weren't being afforded breakfast, Mr Morgan said.
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Mr Kelly reckoned 115 days of the man's six-month term of imprisonment as having been served.
"I stepped back from my initial view a non-parole period was warranted," the magistrate said.
Mr Morgan also argued for his client to be placed on a community corrections order with community corrections work, which he believed would "ultimately benefit the community" and the man.
The magistrate sentenced the man to a community corrections order, which would take effect upon his release from prison, but did not include community work.
Instead, Mr Kelly ordered the man receive support for mental health and substance abuse issues.
"That community corrections order is there purely to try and assist you with rehabilitation," the magistrate told the man.
He believed the man was quite capable of treatment, long-term, as long as he stopped self-medicating.
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