War­wick man chokes wife

30yo woman left with cut lip, nose after se­ri­ous at­tack

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - El­yse Wurm

A WAR­WICK woman said she felt like she was go­ing to pass out and die when her hus­band wrapped his hand around her neck and choked her.

An ar­gu­ment over a light be­ing left on was the pre­cur­sor to the se­ri­ous at­tack, which left the woman with cuts to her top lip and nose as well as red marks on her neck.

The as­sault ended when Nathan John Beer hit his head on a kitchen cup­board.

He was charged in March with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and stran­gu­la­tion.

At War­wick Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day, Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Michael Gawrych said the ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated when the 30-year-old woman took Beer’s phone and he grabbed her from be­hind, wrap­ping his leg around her so she fell to the ground.

Mr Gawrych said Beer grabbed her face and pushed it into the ground be­fore scratch­ing at her face and eyes.

She fought back by bit­ing his hand and arm, but he grabbed her throat and squeezed, which Mr Gawrych said she later de­scribed as a mo­ment where she thought she was go­ing to die. “It’s a very fine line be­tween as­sault and death, es­pe­cially when loss of breath is in­volved,” Mr Gawrych said.

The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to both charges.

Bar­ris­ter David Jones said there were no other re­ports of vi­o­lence in the mar­riage and the cou­ple was sep­a­rated at the time of the as­sault.

A let­ter was handed to Judge Craig Chowd­hury, which stated the woman did not want Beer to face court over the at­tack.

“On the com­plainant’s in­struc­tions to her so­lic­i­tor, this was a once-off,” Mr Jones said.

The court heard the cou­ple hoped to main­tain a civil re­la­tion­ship for the sake of their chil­dren.

Mr Jones said Beer also had a good work his­tory.

During sen­tenc­ing, Judge Chowd­hury drew at­ten­tion to the Aus­tralian par­lia­ment’s de­sire to ad­dress such vi­o­lence through new stran­gu­la­tion laws, which were passed last year. \“You’d have to be liv­ing un­der a rock if you don’t un­der­stand the com­mu­nity con­cern around do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” he said. “You re­ally should have been able to con­trol your­self bet­ter.”

Beer was sen­tenced 18 months’ jail, but was placed on im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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