Ten years' jail for brutal attack on woman

Tim Dornin
·2-min read

An Adelaide man who subjected a woman to a violent attack, bashing her with a pedestal fan, punching her in the face and trying to saw off one of her fingers, has been jailed for more than 10 years.

In an appalling case of domestic violence, Christopher Elliott Moncrieff also repeatedly stabbed the woman in her legs and arms, wrapped a cord around her neck to drag her around and threatened to kill her.

The 35-year-old was on parole at the time for having raped and tortured a teenage girl about eight years earlier, hitting her across the face, repeatedly stomping on her chest, kicking her and pushing a burning cigarette into her right leg.

In the South Australian District Court on Tuesday, Judge Michael Durrant said Moncrieff, who pleaded guilty to aggravated counts of assault and causing harm, had a history of very serious and cowardly offending against women.

"This offending occurred both because you are a violent man who did not control his impulses to hurt and torture, and because your violent tendencies were exacerbated by your abuse of drugs and alcohol," the judge said.

"You will need to address those issues, your violent nature and drug and alcohol abuse, if you are ever to return successfully to the community."

Judge Durrant said the woman's victim impact statement recounted how terrified she was during the 2018 attack and that she suffered both physically and psychologically.

"She truly believed that she was going to die and her consequent psychological suffering continues," he said.

"The complainant attended on each occasion when you appeared before me. Her bravery and resilience is admirable and is acknowledged.

"I hope that she can continue with her recovery and in rebuilding her life."

The judge said Moncrieff's sentence had to be at the upper end for such offences.

"This offending was a vicious and brutal attack against a defenceless woman. It requires severe punishment."

Judge Durrant imposed a head sentence of 10 years and six months with a non-parole period of eight years.

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