No jail time for violent attack
A WARWICK man involved in violent altercation where he choked his girlfriend so severely she had to “play dead” for him to release her, has narrowly avoided jail after appearing in Warwick Magistrates Court this week.
The 23-year-old man appeared as a result of an incident that saw him charged with breaching a domestic violence order.
The court heard the couple got into an argument in March this year before the man launched himself on her and kneed her in the stomach.
The police prosecutor said the man then proceeded to push his knees into her throat in an attempt to choke her.
The woman “played dead” as a means to get him to leave her alone and when the act worked he climbed off her and sat in the living room.
A short time later the pair got into another altercation, which resulted in the man this time choking her with his legs while placing his hands over her mouth and nose.
The court heard Queensland Ambulance Service personnel attended the residence and both the man and woman were treated for injuries at hospital.
Appearing for himself, the man told the court he was trying to get his life back on track and had just got a full-time job.
When asked what he had to say for himself, the man told Magistrate Anne Thacker he was “sorry” and should not have done what he did.
Magistrate Thacker immediately chastised the man saying his apology was not good enough.
In sentencing, Magistrate Anne Thacker said the man needed to find a different way to respond to situations that caused him stress and frustration.
“Violence to those you love is not even close to the answer,” she said.
She told the man his behaviour was “completely unacceptable” and something drastic had to be done.
Magistrate Thacker sentenced the man to four months jail – wholly suspended for 24 months.