A man who had “spiralled into a cycle of violent behaviours, offending and imprisonment” has been sentenced to prison for stomping on his wife’s head multiple times in a “callous and brutal fashion”.
Adrian Hector, 31, was arrested by NT Police in Katherine late last year after he became heavily intoxicated and began kicking his wife in the head like he was “kicking a soccer ball” and stomping “forcefully on her head as she lay defenceless on the ground”.
The horrific details of the case were heard in the Supreme Court this week, including that Hector “jumped from the ground into the air and came down and stomped” on his wife’s face because he was jealous.
In handing down his sentence, Chief Justice Michael Grant listed a long history of violence against his wife and breaches of domestic violence orders, one of which was in place at the time of the incident.
In July 2012, Hector was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to imprisonment for six months.
The sentence was suspended and less than a month later he was sentenced to prison for 28 days for a wanton attack on his wife at the Timber Creek Hotel.
In April 2013, Hector again assaulted his wife, and served six weeks in jail.
The court heard the victim was attacked again in January 2014, and August 2017, as Hector was let in and out of prison.
Chief Justice Grant said the latest incident on September 12, 2019 “was a particularly nasty assault”.
“It was protracted. The way in which you used your feet to stomp on and kick the victim’s head was brutal and dangerous in the extreme,” he said.
Chief Justice Grant told the court Hector hit his brother-in-law with a piece of fire wood when he tried to intervene and punched him in the face until he was unconscious.
His cousin, also in the firing line, was punched in the face but managed to escape the attack and call the police.
“After you had finished assaulting the victim in that callous and brutal fashion, you fled the scene without any care or regard for her wellbeing,” Chief Justice Grant said.
The victim was taken directly to the Royal Darwin Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, where she had to be intubated.
She was found to have displaced fractures in her nose, a fractured jaw and lacerations across her face.
The fractured jaw required surgery and if left untreated, she would have had permanent disabilities, Chief Justice Grant said.
The “repetitive history of offending” deemed Hector unsuitable for a suspended sentence, the court heard.
Chief Justice Grant handed down a four year sentence, with a non-parole period of two years.
“I will be fixing a non-parole period in the hope that you can demonstrate to the parole authority while you are in prison that you are serious about changing your ways and undertaking some form of rehabilitation for your problem with violence and your associated problem with alcohol,” he said.
“It will then be a matter for the parole authority to determine whether you should have some early release and on what terms.”