A Meekatharra man has been jailed for a “horrendous” and “prolonged” attack on his heavily pregnant partner on the Geraldton foreshore last week. The man threw his partner to the ground, kicked and punched her before he stomped on her head. Richard Ian Billy Shay, 22, was sentenced in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court yesterday to a 15-month jail term for the bashing after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully doing an act which endangered the life, health or safety of a person. The court was told Shay and his eight-month pregnant partner were visiting family in Geraldton for Christmas and Shay’s birthday when they got into an argument on the foreshore on Thursday, December 10. Reading the facts of the case, prosecutor Sgt Andrew Ramsden said the attack was “prolonged”, “sustained” and “horrendous”. “The pair were clearly heard yelling and screaming at each other before witnesses say (they saw) the accused pick the woman up and throw her at the ground,” he said. He said the 100kg and “solidly built” Shay continued the attack by punching and kicking his partner while she cowered and tried to escape. The attack ended when Shay walked away from the scene after stomping on her head multiple times. “The fact that he just left her lying there injured says it all,” Sgt Ramsden said. Shay was arrested at 5.26pm the following day. His lawyer, Xavier Sellathambu, told the court the 22-year-old was “extremely sorry” for what he’d done to his pregnant partner. “He wants to go to jail for it,” Mr Sellathambu said. “He was extremely intoxicated at the time and only vaguely remembers what happened, but accepts the prosecution’s facts.” In Court, Magistrate Chris Miocevich said after hearing the facts there was no other option but imprisonment. “The community and courts have an intolerance and abhorrence of violence in domestic relationships,” he said. “Hopefully I can send a message to you and other people that offences will be treated very seriously.” Shay was given a 25 per cent reduction for pleading guilty at the first opportunity and will be eligible for parole in September next year.