Man who slashed girlfriend's tongue to stay in jail longer

THE Gold Coast man who slashed his former girlfriend's tongue after beating her with an empty rum bottle has been ordered to serve more time behind bars.

The Queensland Attorney-General appealed the 8.5-year jail sentence against Mohammed Tasleem Tahir, 21, who would have been eligible for parole in September this year after serving less than three years jail, as manifestly inadequate.

The Queensland Court of Appeal reduced the head sentence to seven years but declared Tahir's actions amounted to a serious violent offence which means he must serve 80% of his sentence.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the judgment was a win for common-sense and sends a clear message to offenders.

"This offender viciously attacked his former girlfriend, leaving her with devastating physical and emotional injuries that will last a lifetime," he said.

"His sentence was not in line with community expectations.

"I am pleased knowing this man will now do the time he deserves."

Tahir and his 20-year-old former girlfriend had a background of domestic violence before she returned home from work on November 13, 2010, to find him drunk.

Motivated by what the courts deemed unreasonable jealousy, he put her in a headlock and attacked her with the rum bottle seven or eight times, causing cuts and fractures.

He pulled a kitchen knife across her face, cut through the full thickness of her mouth on both sides and severed a quarter of her tongue.

She had surgery for extensive cuts to her scalp, face, tongue and right middle finger, as well as reconstructing her eye socket in separate surgery.

Her facial wounds resulted in permanent scarring.


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