VIOLENCE: Thirty-four-year-old Matthew Peter Burke yesterday plead guilty to charges involving stalking and choking that took place over the course of an 18 month relationship.
VIOLENCE: Thirty-four-year-old Matthew Peter Burke yesterday plead guilty to charges involving stalking and choking that took place over the course of an 18 month relationship. Pexels

Man granted parole after choking and abusing his partner

A MAN who strangled, suffocated and abused his partner on regular occasions has been released on parole.

Thirty-four-year-old Matthew Peter Burke yesterday pleaded guilty to charges involving stalking and choking that took place over the course of the relationship - a period of about 18 months - that culminated in a series of events on March 30, 2017.

Crown prosecutor Christopher Cook told the court Burke had two previous choking charges on his record.

"The complainant said physical assaults would take place about every two weeks when Mr Burke would become intoxicated," Mr Cook said.

Earlier in 2017 Burke had grabbed the woman's head and slammed it into the wall so hard it created a hole and knocked her unconscious.

On the night of March 30, 2017 the two had been drinking at a pub when Burke became aggressive after she had spoken to three men.

Burke followed his partner back to the hotel they were staying at and proceeded to verbally and physically abuse her.

"She was called names such as c--- and s--- and he chased her around and pushed her into the couch," Mr Cook said.

"It was here that the defendant grabbed the complainant by her face very hard for about 30 seconds.

"He squeezed so hard that it put her braces from her teeth through her cheeks which caused them to bleed."

The complainant went to bed after pleading for Burke to stop.

"The complainant was pretending to be asleep when he placed his knee on her throat and pushed down with his full body weight for about 20 seconds," Mr Cook said.

"The complainant said her ears were ringing, and she thought she was going to die.

"When he released his knee she coughed blood and pleaded with him while struggling for breath."

Burke was arrested the next morning and had been remanded in custody, serving a total 125 days in prison.

Defence barrister Andrew Hoare said his Tasmanian-born client had been physically abused himself at a young age.

"When he was in his early teens he was subjected to brutality of his father for about two years where he received black eyes in sufficient frequency," Mr Hoare said.

"This is not an excuse but it a commonality between his connection to violence.

"To his credit he has developed strategies to assess triggers and has stopped drinking alcohol."

Judge Katherine McGinness said Burke had displayed worrying behaviour, but given the support received from his employer, found it would be a greater risk to his rehabilitation to return him to prison.

Ms McGinnes convicted but did not further sentence Burke, reflecting his total 125 days in custody as time already served.



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