CHOKED, ABUSED, LIVING IN FEAR
Violent partners face court after women punched, threatened with weapons, strangled and bloodied
A JUDGE has slammed violence against women as “the most gross abuse of trust” after three men were sentenced in Warwick this week for “abhorrent” domestic violence offences.
One woman was choked until she blacked out, another woman had a hand shoved so far down her throat she coughed up blood and a third was held at knifepoint.
Judge Jennifer Rosengren told the court domestic violence was an insidious problem in the community.
“Domestic violence against women who are in their homes is particularly abhorrent to the community,” she said.
Scott Richard Allen, a 22year-old man who was living in Warwick at the time of his offences, was the third offender to admit to violent acts at Warwick District Court this week.
He pleaded guilty to one count each of choking and wilful damage.
Crown prosecutor Michael Mitchell said Allen was arguing with his 30-year-old girlfriend in November when he suddenly grabbed her throat with one hand and squeezed, crushing her windpipe so she couldn’t breathe.
The court heard Allen then moved behind the woman and wrapped both arms around her neck, choking her until she blacked out.
Sukhjinder Singh, 36, pleaded guilty yesterday to multiple domestic violence offences including two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of common assault.
The crown said Singh assaulted his wife on multiple occasions between February and November, including one instance where he shoved his hand down her throat until she could not breathe and police later saw her coughing up blood. He received 15 months’ jail suspended for two years.
Allen, who the court heard had a lengthy criminal history including previous acts of violence, had already spent nine months and one week in custody. He was sentenced to two years’ jail and with a parole release date of September 22 this year.
The third man sentenced was James William Johnson, 36, who the court heard held a knife to his partner’s throat and threatened to stab her.
The Goondiwindi man pleaded guilty to threatening violence at night and common assault.
Mr Mitchell said Johnson removed the knife from her neck, but later punched her seven times in the head.
Johnson was sentenced to six months’ jail, which was immediately suspended for two years. He was also given two years’ probation.
These horrific acts of violence are not isolated incidents within the Warwick community. Domestic Violence Action Centre Toowoomba acting CEO Kath Turley said there had been a rise in domestic violence order applications at Warwick Magistrates Court this year.
Between July and December there were 157 matters before the court, but between January and June this year there had been 193 applications.
Ms Turley said the centre was seeing a significant number of applications including strangulation, assault with weapons, threats for using weapons and assault.
She said the increase may not point to more violence, but women being empowered to make applications, or improved police responses.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the Domestic Violence Action Centre on 4642 1354, Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636.