Thug who shared explicit photos of his wife, carved a scar into her forehead and forced her to shave her head during years of depraved abuse is jailed for a decade
- A Canberra public servant, 43, has been jailed for 10 years for abusing ex-wife
- He assaulted the woman and leaked sexually explicit images to her colleagues
- The man also forced her to shave her head and carved a scare into her forehead
A Canberra public servant who regularly bashed his wife, forced her to have sex with other men, and carved a scar into her forehead has been jailed for at least 10 years.
The 43-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his victim and children, pleaded guilty to 30 charges connected to the nine years of ‘degrading’ abuse.
His shocking acts of cruelty included making her sleep in the garage ‘like a dog’, forcibly shaving her head and sending explicit images of her to colleagues.
A Canberra public servant who shared explicit photos of his wife, organised for her to have sex with other men and carved a scare into her forehead has been jailed for at least 10 years (stock image)
The ACT Magistrates Court heard the man’s now-ex-wife was also the victim of multiple assaults, ABC reported.
She was slapped, punched and kicked in the face and to the upper body, and choked until she lost consciousness.
In another instance, the man pinned her down to a desk and used a knife to cut her forehead, leaving her with a permanent scare.
Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker detailed the man’s crimes in court, which stretched from 2011 to 2019.
In January 2018, the man ordered his victim to ‘sleep in the garage like the dog she was’.
‘He told her that he was going to make her ugly so no one would want her. He then directed her to shave her head,’ Ms Walker said.
‘The intentional degradation, particularly of forced hair removal, a technique historically used to degrade women, evidences a serious common assault.’
The woman was told to tell people she shaved her head to support a friend battling cancer, the court heard.
Ms Walker told the court the man organised for other men to have sex with his wife and forced her to participate.
He recorded the encounters but on one occasion told the woman to ‘leave’ the house because he was not satisfied with the footage.
The ACT Magistrates Court heard the man’s now ex-wife was also the victim of multiple assaults
On another occasion, the man emailed sexually explicit images to the woman’s colleagues, family and friends.
She was then subject to an internal investigation at her job.
The man also breached a family violence order, Ms Walker said.
He emailed his daughter with messages for the woman after his April 2019 arrest.
Ms Walker said the victim continues to live in fear from the years of abuse.
‘She speaks of the fear she held during the relationship and continues to hold now, that she will one day die at the offender’s hand,’ she said.
The man blamed his crimes on mental health problems, a brain injury, and drug use.
But Ms Walker said she was not satisfied his moral culpability was reduced significantly because of mental illness.
She did, however, acknowledge his psychological vulnerability as a result of a difficult childhood.
The man was to sentenced 10 years and eight months behind bars, with a non-parole period of five years and eight months.
He will be eligible for parole in June 2026.