A Geraldton man has been jailed for nine months after being found guilty of an “extremely serious assault” involving a hammer on his partner in Spalding. Prosecuting Sgt Beau Jones told Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on April 27 Michael Boddington became enraged after an argument with his partner of two years before “punching the victim in the head and torso multiple times”. He said Boddington then chased after his partner as she tried to flee before smashing a window and assaulting her with a hammer. “He struck the victim on the right side of her chest with a hammer, leaving a small circular imprint,” he said. Defence lawyer Elliot Tilbury said Boddington had a drinking problem and could not remember the offences occurring. Magistrate Chris Miocevich said the incident occurred while the accused was on a suspended prison sentence for a different assault in August 2019. He said he took into account the accused was remorseful and gave him a 25 per cent sentence reduction for an early guilty plea. “Unfortunately you need to recognise you’ve got a drinking problem but it doesn’t explain your actions,” he said to the accused via videolink from Greenough Prison. Boddington was sentenced to a nine-month concurrent jail term for breaching his suspension order and a one-month concurrent jail term for criminal damage.