Parents face suspended sentence
THE parents of an eight-month-old baby have each been slapped with suspended jail sentences after engaging in a violent altercation in which it was heard the father of the child threatened to snap the mother’s neck.
The pair appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, with each facing one charge of breaching a domestic violence order.
The court heard police spotted the mother – who at the time resided with the father – in a “distraught state”, hiding with her child behind a tree with severe bruising around her throat.
The 21-year-old mother told police she had fought with the father of the child, with the altercation escalating when she tried to leave to go for a walk and he took her keys.
She said after a 15-minute “tussle”, he threw the keys at her and proceeded to grab her by the throat – while she was holding their child – and forced her to the ground, telling her he was going to “snap her neck”.
It was heard at this point she was gasping for breath and feared she would die.
The mother of one told police she kicked and punched in an effort to force the father to release his grasp on her neck but was only successful by biting him.
Shortly afterwards he began to exit the property, causing her to erupt in a fit of rage and smash his $2000 television set into the ground.
The 21-year-old female told police she smashed the TV because she knew he loved it and that he would be “ropeable” when he saw it.
The court heard the father, hearing the sound of the TV being smashed, again approached her with his hand raised but stopped short of punching her.
He voluntarily spoke with police following the incident, where he said she was the aggressor in the incident and he had only put his hands on her to get her to leave him alone.
The mother’s probation officer told the court child services officers were involved with the couple, who it was heard were no longer together.
They were each sentenced by Magistrate Anne Thacker to four months jail, which was wholly suspended for an operational period of 12 months.