Troy Mercanti's domestic violence trial has come to a sudden end after he this morning admitted assaulting his long-time partner Tammy Kingdon.
Ms Kingdon had endured six days on the witness stand during the District Court jury trial during which she was accused of being a liar, an actress and a drama queen and sometimes reduced to tears through heated and loud questioning by Mercanti's defence lawyer.
This morning's change of plea came after evidence on Friday from Mercanti's mother about seeing him once punch Ms Kingdon has left him "shaken".
Mrs Mercanti had said she loved her imperfect son but insisted she had seen the assault at a family gathering on Christmas Day 2006 which left Ms Kingdon with a knocked out tooth and split lip.
Mercanti, a Finks motorcycle club member who used to be with the Coffin Cheaters, had pleaded not guilty to five alleged assaults over a 15-year period including the 2006 punch.
But today he pleaded guilty in front of the jury to four of the charges, with the prosecution discontinuing the remaining count on the basis that it was the most minor and was not in the public interest to continue given the cost and inconvenience to witnesses.
Defence lawyer Colin Lovitt QC, who had spoken to his client in custody over the weekend, today requested that sentencing submissions be held on Wednesday.
He said that drug use by his client during stints of him being outside of prison was behind the assaults.
"That looms large in terms of his behaviour towards Ms Kingdon," he said.Mercanti was remanded in custody.
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