Ex-AFL star Andrew Lovett continued accountable his behaviour on the girl he had bashed, spat upon and tormented for 22-months regardless of pleading responsible to two-dozen home violence costs.
The disgraced ex-footballer, who pulled on the boots for Essendon between 2005 and 2009, will spend simply eight months behind bars after being sentenced on Thursday.
His sufferer, Victoria Police officer Melanie Rowe, had been trapped in a vicious cycle of abuse that she couldn’t escape.
Lovett had blamed her on the time for his atrocious violence and continued to take action proper up till his sentence.
Andrew Lovett is dealing with no less than 88 costs with court docket paperwork revealing alleged offences together with assault. Lovett is pictured in 2011
Melanie Rowe, 36, along with her ex-boyfriend – former AFL participant Andrew Lovett. Lovett subjected her to a horrifying home violence ordeal which together with choking and punching her
Lovett, 39, (pictured in his enjoying days) will spend simply eight months behind bars. He has already spent 100 days in jail awaiting Thursday’s sentence
Upon his launch – which is able to are available in below 5 months as he was credited for time already served whereas awaiting trial – Lovett might want to full a 12-month neighborhood corrections order.
Whereas the order means Lovett will obtain drug, alcohol and anger administration remedy, he won’t be required to supply a single second of unpaid neighborhood work.
Earlier than sentencing Lovett, Justice of the Peace Jason Ong had staged a troublesome dressing right down to the caged ex-footballer, who appeared within the Dandenong Magistrates’ Courtroom through video hyperlink.
‘This was terrifying, ongoing, aggressive bodily violence. It was controlling and manipulative behaviour,’ he instructed Lovett.
‘This was severe and sustained household violence … This household violence can’t be tolerated in our society.’
Lovett’s atrocities had taken a whopping eight pages to be summarised by police.
The previous AFL star, who was awarded the distinguished Anzac Day medal in 2005 as finest afield within the annual Essendon-Collingwood conflict, pleaded responsible to 24 offences together with assault, recklessly inflicting harm and stalking.
However the court docket heard Lovett had by no means actually needed to just accept accountability for his vicious remedy of Ms Rowe – an appearing police officer who had gone out of her approach to assist the ex-footballer.
Andrew Lovett and Melanie Rowe in happier instances. Lovett was jailed on Thursday for home violence
‘I by no means knew that one swipe would change my life endlessly,’ Ms Rowe stated in her sufferer influence assertion
Crown prosecutor Andrew Sprague knowledgeable Justice of the Peace Ong Lovett had complained to corrections employees about his responsible pleas simply this week.
Lovett had been within the means of being assessed for the neighborhood order he finally acquired when he claimed he had been coerced into admitting guilt.
‘He did interact in some denial of culpability when discussing his offending, with him stating: “I really feel like I used to be pressured to plea-up to that stuff”,’ Mr Sprague stated.
When employees requested Lovett to make clear the remark, Lovett stated he felt that he could be saved in jail longer if he tried to contest the fees.
‘When requested to make clear if he was responsible of the offending contained within the abstract, he answered within the optimistic, nonetheless he additionally engaged in sufferer blaming, stating: “I didn’t do all of it. A few of it was (the sufferer)”.’
Lovett, himself a self-confessed cocaine and booze fiend, cruelly claimed it had been Ms Rowe’s dangerous habits that have been accountable for his actions.
The deranged ex-footballer particularly famous for instance the time Ms Rowe had slashed him with a knife.
In actuality, the court docket heard Ms Rowe had been pressured to defend herself with the knife after Lovett attacked her as she was getting out of the bathe.
It had been one in all 14 significantly savage assaults in opposition to the devoted police officer.
Lovett choked Ms Rowe earlier than smashing her head in opposition to the bathtub tub, knocking her out chilly.
When she woke, Lovett was nonetheless there, forcing her to defend herself with the kitchen knife, which Lovett shortly disarmed her of.
Lovett had met his former accomplice in October 2019, however by August the next 12 months he had already been slapped with an intervention order amid allegations of home violence.
The court docket heard Lovett had virtually moved into Ms Rowe’s home and regardless of his alleged hostility, and court docket order, she continued to permit him again into her dwelling.
LIFE AND TIMES OF A FALLEN FOOTY STAR
2003: Chosen in rookie draft to play with Essendon
2006: Ordered to avoid a former accomplice after she alleged he locked her in his automotive and hit her
2007: Fined $500 for an intervention order breach however escaped and not using a conviction
2008: Suspended twice by the Bombers for disciplinary causes then traded to St Kilda
2009: Charged with being drunk in a public place
That very same 12 months he was suspended indefinitely following allegations of being concerned in a sexual assault
2010: Sacked from St Kilda when rape costs have been laid
2011: Lovett was acquitted of the fees
By February 2020, simply weeks earlier than Melbourne was positioned into the primary of six pandemic lockdowns, their relationship had reached what she believed could be all-time low.
Lovett had been blowing what little money he had on the pokies and booze whereas sponging off his annoyed accomplice.
After an evening on the grog, the court docket heard Lovett spent an evening in Ms Rowe’s yard curled up below a BBQ cowl when she locked him out of her home.
When she opened the door that morning, police allege he punched her within the face earlier than strolling off to seize a bathe.
Lovett’s controlling behaviour continued to escalate amid claims he would break his accomplice’s phone upon one thing so simple as a male phoning her, and punch her within the face when she added a feminine follower to her Instagram account.
The ensuing bruise would see Ms Rowe pressured to hide it with make-up to attend work and later cancel a plumber who had been scheduled to repair her bathroom.
In August that 12 months, police allege Lovett grew to become enraged after his accomplice had requested him to attend an Italian-themed pizza evening at her dwelling.
Whereas making the dough, Lovett poured a beer over her head earlier than shoving her to the ground.
Police have been known as, however the frightened lady was too scared to have Lovett arrested.
Andrew Lovett approaches a Melbourne court docket together with his authorized crew in 2010
Andrew Lovett of the Bombers yells encouragement to a teammate throughout an Essendon Soccer Membership coaching session held at Windy Hill on February 18, 2008
Andrew Lovett repeatedly bashed his girlfriend
Days later they arrested him anyway and slapped on one other intervention order.
Months later, police allege Lovett despatched a video of his accomplice shedding her cool to her personal mum on her birthday.
The alleged boozed-up Lovett then tossed Ms Rowe, absolutely clothed, into her swimming pool.
The court docket heard Lovett awoke the following day sleeping within the gutter.
In January final 12 months, Lovett cracked his accomplice within the face with a shoe earlier than later taking her automotive to drive to a bender with mates in stylish Brighton.
Compelled to catch an Uber to gather the automotive, Ms Rowe noticed the car was filled with Lovett’s gadgets, together with garments and his valuable Ps console.
The court docket heard Lovett launched right into a match of rage later that evening after his accomplice reduce his entry to her bank card.
When he returned dwelling, the court docket heard Lovett ripped her mattress covers off and demanded she make him lunch and drive him to work.
He bashed her with a lunchbox earlier than punching her within the face.
Andrew Lovett in 2005. He had the world at his ft as a rising AFL star.
On the day earlier than Anzac Day final 12 months, a drunk Lovett is accused of spitting in his accomplice’s face, dousing her but once more in beer and kicking her whereas on the bottom.
And on Anzac Day itself, the court docket heard Lovett made Ms Rowe purchase all of his beers on the Anzac Day conflict regardless of her being on the job.
He then went out with ‘the boys’ regardless of his accomplice being attacked by a yobbo on the footy that day.
When she once more reduce entry to her bank card, Lovett returned dwelling, allegedly dragged her away from bed and spat in her face.
She later instructed police she had begged Lovett to not bash her, telling him it had all been her fault, the court docket paperwork revealed.
In Might, the court docket heard she cracked the windscreen of her automotive as she tried to flee Lovett’s clutches – as he allegedly spat in her face whereas throttling her.
It was the evening police declare Lovett allegedly erased what he believed to be all the images his accomplice had taken of her bruises from him through the years.
Police would later uncover he had didn’t delete images she had already texted to associates of household.
‘I by no means knew that one swipe would change my life endlessly,’ Ms Rowe stated in her sufferer influence assertion.
‘I don’t even recognise the individual I used to be with Andrew. I felt trapped and alone with no-one to show to. I used to be embarrassed.’
Andrew Lovett in 2006 whereas enjoying for the Bombers
Andrew Lovett leaves court docket in 2011 after being accused of rape
Ms Rowe stated she used make-up to masks her bruises from her household and associates and felt embarrassed as a result of she had labored with victims of sexual abuse.
She additionally prevented going to hospital to cover the size of home violence.
‘Each time I attempted, he would pull be again down, I had no power left and felt fully remoted from these I liked… he broke me in each single approach when he took off his masks and revealed his true self,’ she stated.
Ms Rowe stated she gave Lovett cash, clothes and shelter and felt like nothing greater than a provide supply.
Even after escaping Lovett, he continued to torment her regardless of court docket orders supposedly forbidding him from contacting her.
‘I didn’t reply (to Lovett’s messages). I used to be not going to have interaction with him in any respect. It was over and I used to be by no means letting him break me. I used to be robust sufficient to not ever get again into the cycle once more,’ Ms Rowe instructed police.
In Lovett’s defence, his barrister David Grace QC, accused Ms Rowe of being ‘jealous’ and had engaged his consumer regardless of energetic intervention orders being in place.
In arguing for a neighborhood order, Mr Grace recommended Lovett, who’s Aboriginal, ought not be jailed as a result of indigenous males have been over-represented in Australian prisons.
‘Significantly individuals who’ve psychological well being and alcohol issues and Mr Lovett sadly is in that class,’ he stated.