PLAGUE OF DO­MES­TIC VI­O­LENCE Kids watched mum’s at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A MAN vi­o­lently at­tacked his ex- part­ner in front of her chil­dren, chok­ing her, frac­tur­ing her col­lar­bone and threat­en­ing to kill her.

The North Queens­land man, who can’t be named to pro­tect the woman’s iden­tity, pleaded guilty in Townsville Dis­trict Court this week to 12 of­fences, in­clud­ing as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm as a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fence, steal­ing and six con­tra­ven­tions of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence order.

Judge Gregory Lyn­ham said the woman took out a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence order against the man in Jan­uary 2015.

In Jan­uary last year she started work on a cat­tle sta­tion out­side Char­ters Tow­ers.

The man made at­tempts to con­tact her and on Jan­uary 13 ar­rived at the cat­tle sta­tion and asked to stay and work there.

On the morn­ing of Jan­uary 21, the two ar­gued over a wa­ter bot­tle. Hours later the woman asked him to leave.

“That prompted you to start yelling and scream­ing at her. You de­manded money and diesel from her,” Judge Lyn­ham said. “You then got off the bed and you grabbed the com­plainant by the throat and you threw her to the ground.”

The man told the woman to get up and threat­ened to kill her.

“Re­gret­tably, the chil­dren were present when this hap­pened and wit­nessed your vi­o­lent be­hav­iour to­wards ( her),” he said.

The woman walked into the kitchen and the man de­manded her car keys, which she re­fused.

He screamed at the chil­dren and punched their mother in the jaw, caus­ing her to fall back­wards.

“You then grabbed the com- plainant by the throat again and started throw­ing her to the ground and against the walls,” the judge said. “The com­plainant was on the ground, you then jumped on her.”

The man threw the woman into her son’s room and picked up a metal chair, threat­en­ing her with it. He took $ 196 from the woman’s wal­let then drove off in his own car.

The woman, who suf­fered an eye abra­sion, a frac­tured col­lar­bone, jaw swelling, shoul­der, el­bow and wrist pain, drove her­self to Char­ters Tow­ers for med­i­cal treat­ment.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Nathan Crane said the woman, who trav­elled to Townsville for the sen­tence, still suf­fered pain from the at­tack.

Judge Lyn­ham sen­tenced the man to two- and- a- half years in jail. As he had al­ready served 523 days in cus­tody, he was re­leased on im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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