More than three years after stabbing his pregnant partner in the stomach during a drunken rage, a Queensland man has begun his prison sentence for the crime.
Matthew Loch Lievesley, 28, was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment for the violent assault at a home at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane, in June 2015.
Lievesley pleaded guilty at the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday to five charges including assault occasioning bodily harm for the rampage, which the court heard was sparked over a comment about a sexual encounter between himself and the young woman.
The court heard Lievesley, who had been drinking with the woman's sisters, flew into a rage over the comment, grabbed a kitchen knife and chased down the then 21-year-old.
Screaming "this is how you make me feel", Lievesley plunged the knife into the woman's stomach as she desperately turned her body to protect the unborn child.
He then stabbed her multiple times in her breasts before plunging the knife completely through her forearm.
Lievesley then punched her 16-year-old sister and attacked a paramedic before being arrested.
Justice David Boddice labelled the attack "inexplicable" and "inexcusable" but didn't rule it to be a serious violent offence, which would have meant Lievesley would serve 80 per cent of his sentence behind bars under Queensland law.
"It is dreadful, deliberate, violent conduct against not only your partner but others in the household," Justice Boddice said.
Lievesley's lack of history for violent acts and his clean record since the offence guided Justice Boddice's decision not to deem the act a serious violent offence.
With time already served, Lievesley will eligible for parole from July 19, 2020.