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The ex-boyfriend of a Neighbours star has been told to ‘grow up’ after carrying out a horrific assault against his new girlfriend that was captured on CCTV.

The son of a notorious drug dealer and ex-boyfriend of Neighbours star Bonnie Anderson has been jailed for bashing his new girlfriend.

Matthew Arnautovic — the son of Dragan ‘Machine Gun Charlie’ Arnautovic — was sentenced to 13 months jail with seven months non-parole in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

He has already served about seven months waiting the outcome of his charges.

The 32-year-old was told to “grow up” by magistrate Hayley Bate, who was unimpressed with Arnautovic’s “disturbing pattern of abuse”.

“Your behaviour needs to change,” she said.

“Domestic violence is not just prevalent, it is rife.

“Our community demands there be a strong denunciation to this behaviour.”

When Arnautovic’s girlfriend was taken to hospital by police on April 8 this year she had “extensive and significant bruising to her entire body,” the court heard.

Police observed her “black eye, (and) bruising around the neck and jaw area” when they spoke to her at a hotel that evening.

The court heard CCTV of the Eastland Shopping Centre car park captured Arnautovic’s scary actions towards his partner about 7.45pm.

He pushed her onto the ground, stood over her in a threatening manner and then chased her when she ran away from him, prosecutor Jordan O’Toole said.

The court heard after being arrested and remanded into custody, Arnautovic tried to pressure the woman into lying.

It heard he called his mother from jail who then conference-called the victim — despite phone conversations out of prison being recorded.

Audio of the conversations captured Arnautovic dictating what he wanted the woman he bashed to tell police.

“Matt never hurt me or assaulted me in anyway whatsoever,” he told her to say.

“I was drunk and he was trying to get me home safely.”

Ms Bate characterised this as a “planned and calculating furtherance in his attempts to control his partner”.

He pleaded guilty to five charges including assault, intentionally cause injury, and harassing a witness.

The repeat offender landed his TV star and singer-songwriter former girlfriend in hot water in July last year.

Bonnie Anderson was caught lying to police in an attempt to help him get out of a dangerous driving charge and pleaded guilty to failing to give information. She was put on a good behaviour bond but not convicted.

The actress, who plays Bea Nilsson in the soap and was also the winner of this year’s The Masked Singer, is now dating model and tradie Brenton Goldsack.

Arnautovic’s dad, Machine Gun Charlie, is a notorious heroin and ice dealer, also known for his hard-and-fast style in the boxing and kickboxing ring.

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