Woman in fear of domestic abuse
Woman in fear of domestic abuse

Man strangles partner before turning on child

A MAN who strangled his partner, before turning on her daughter who was trying to save her mother from his hands, has been jailed.

The man pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday to charges including strangulation, assault occasioning bodily harm and contravening a domestic violence order.

Crown Prosecutor Steven Dickson said the man and the victim had been in and on-and-off relationship for nine years.

The man, who cannot be named, became irate after drinking wine. He threw the woman to the ground and put his hands around her throat and began to squeeze so she couldn't breathe.

The woman's daughter saw and threw a torch at the man, telling him to stop.

The man then grabbed the girl and threw her to the ground.

The woman then managed to push the man off of her before trying to crawl away.

The man then grabbed her by the legs and hit her head on the concrete ground at least three times.

Mr Dickson said when police spoke with the man he lied to them, saying he was punched by the victim and that she grabbed her own throat.

"It happened in front of the child. He showed little remorse by giving false evidence to the police," he said.

Mr Dickson said the man had a "concerning" Queensland criminal history which included two assault occasioning bodily harm entries and eight DV breaches.

He said the man had also received 12 jail terms.

Mr Dickson said the sentence imposed on the man should act as a deterrent.

The man's barrister Nick Larter told the court that, for at least 10 years before 2017, there were no entries of violence in the man's history and the entries he did have were dishonesty offences.

Mr Larter said his client had been employed until about five years ago when he developed a shoulder condition and was prescribed lyrica to deal with the pain before going into custody.

He said before the incident the man had consumed a large amount of the medication Lyrica as well as wine.

Mr Larter said towards the latter part of the relationship, things began to become more turbulent between them because of drug use.

He said his client now accepted and recognised the relationship was over.

Judge Vicki Loury took into account the man's plea of guilty and described the charges as "serious conduct".

"You exposed a young girl to domestic violence. She tried to defend her mum," she said.

"When she saw her (mother's) face go red, she threw a torch and tried to push you away, then you threw the child to the ground.

"You said 'If I go to jail it will be for a good reason'.

"Strangulation is a predictor of more serious domestic violence offending that could be committed."

Judge Loury said she also took into account that the man was on parole at the time he committed the offences.

The man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving 14 months.

The 270 days he served in custody before sentencing was declared as time served.

He will be eligible for parole on August 22.



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