A MOUNT GAMBIER man who punched his former partner in the face with force has been released from jail after a portion of his sentence was suspended.
Peter Mansell, 34, appeared via video-link at the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Tuesday to be sentenced for aggravated assault.
The incident occurred on June 11 at around 6.30pm when the 19-year-old victim was walking on Penola Road between Percy and Wyatt streets.
Mansell punched the victim – who was his domestic partner – causing her to fall backwards and hit her head.
The prosecutor said the victim took refuge in a nearby fast food restaurant.
“Nearby witnesses said they saw her bleeding from her mouth and cry,” he said.
The prosecution said security camera footage showed the defendant throwing a “roundhouse punch.”
Magistrate Jack Fahey said he had learnt about Mansell from his psychology report.
Magistrate Fahey said Mansell was a past methamphetamine and cannabis user and had anger management problems.
Magistrate Fahey sentenced Mansell to six months imprisonment, which was suspended following a three month and 18 day term served since the offending.
Mansell received a $200 two-year good behaviour bond and must follow court-ordered programs including clinical psychological analysis.