A MAN who punched his de facto wife in the head while in bed with her was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence in Grafton Local Court on Monday.
Dennis Mathew Flower, 39, of South Grafton, was convicted of assaulting his partner of six years and causing her actual bodily harm in an incident on July 21.
Police evidence tendered to the court said Flower had consumed 15 cans of beer, plus an unspecified amount of beer, on the day of the offence and began arguing with his partner over her previous sexual partners.
The woman told police the man "snapped" and punched her in the head as they lay in bed and her nose began to bleed profusely.
She had a shower and got into bed again, only to have another argument followed by another punch to the head, police said.
Police said Flower then snatched a phone from the woman, pulled clumps of hair from her head and threw her to the ground.
The woman managed to escape the South Grafton home and went to her parents' house, where she called police and was seen by ambulance officers.
She told police at the time that she wanted to go back to the couple's home and remove her possessions because the relationship was over.