A Dubbo man who repeatedly assaulted his partner and knocked himself out in the back of a police vehicle was sent to jail on Wednesday.
Allan Robert Champion, 25, of Lindsay Place, pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer who tried to arrest him, breaching an apprehended violence order (AVO) and assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he faced Dubbo Local Court.
Court documents revealed Champion and his partner were drinking at home before they went to the Amaroo Hotel on December 16.
About 2am, the couple left the pub and walked across the road before an argument broke out and Champion punched his partner in the mouth.
The punch was so severe the man's mouth began bleeding and swelling developed. He was taken to Dubbo Hospital for treatment.
You decided it was okay to thumb your nose at the court and the rest of society.Magistrate Roger Prowse
At 2.35am police arrested Champion and while detaining him "he began to writhe his body in an attempt to break the grasp of [the police officer]", police said in court documents.
Once several officers managed to get Champion into the police vehicle, he repeatedly banged his head while inside.
The head banging forced police to call paramedics for assistance after Champion became unconscious.
Champion was taken to Dubbo Hospital for treatment and when police visited the emergency department to arrest him at 6.20am, they were told he was sleeping.
In court it was revealed Champion had been placed on a conditional release order just weeks before the December assault. The order was issued after he assaulted his partner in September.
Prior to sentencing, Champion's legal representative said her client had a drinking problem, worked full-time at a BP service station and needed to go to rehab.
She also wanted to vary an apprehended violence order because "he [Champion] and his partner are hoping to repair their relationship".
Visiting Magistrate Roger Prowse said Champion got an "extremely generous outcome on November 22" when he was sentenced for the first reported assault.
"You spectacularly breached that [conditional release order] three weeks later," he told Champion.
"You decided it was okay to thumb your nose at the court and the rest of society."
Magistrate Prowse sentenced Champion to 20 months in prison, with a non-parole period of 13 months.
He could be eligible for release in June 2020 and lodged an appeal on the grounds that the sentence handed down was too severe.
The appeal will be heard in the District Court on June 11.