Jail for ‘horrific’ domestic assault

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
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A 38-year-old Mira Mar man has been jailed for five years after committing a “horrific” and “prolific” act of domestic violence that lasted for 40-50 minutes.

Rene Gadomski was found guilty after a two-day jury trial last week and was sentenced on Friday afternoon in the Albany District Court.

Before Judge Christopher Peter Stevenson handed down his sentence, State prosecutor Jehna Winter urged the court to consider the severity of the May 1, 2018 assault.

The female victim, described as between 40kg and 41kg at the time, was punched multiple times, dragged across a bedroom, choked to the point of losing consciousness three times, and had her leg impaled by a pair of scissors.

Drawing on the victim’s impact statement and text messages between the pair submitted as evidence, Ms Winter said Gadomski had lured her to his home with an offer of meth. Both the victim and offender admitted in their submissions to being addicted to the drug.

“She went over, on her evidence and supported by the text messages, believing that (Gadomski) was going to help her, that he would assist her in weaning off the drugs that she was addicted to and to have a conversation with him about her going back to rehab,” Ms Winter said.

“She essentially went over there thinking that he would help her and instead he assaulted her for a period of about 50 minutes.”

Judge Stevenson described the assault as horrific, leading to the victim having two broken ribs and soft tissue damage. He said it represented “the ultimate culmination of a drug-fuelled, physically violent abusive relationship”.

“The evidence of the emergency doctor who treated the victim shortly after the offence was that she was still writhing in pain during examination,” he said.

During submissions made by Ms Winter before sentencing, Gadomoski, who appeared via video link from the Albany Regional Prison, walked out of the transmission. Calling the victim’s evidence “bulls ...”, he asked to have his sentence handed down straight away.

“F... this. Give me my sentence, I’m not listening to this rubbish anymore, same as yesterday,” he said. “Just, can I have my sentence so I can go?”

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