Threat­ened to slit throat

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MIDGE Point man sub­ject to a Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Or­der threat­ened to slit his own throat and blame his former part­ner the night be­fore mov­ing out.

This was brought to the at­ten­tion of po­lice on Au­gust 3 af­ter a triple zero call at 7.10am was in­ter­rupted by a “scuf­fle” and ter­mi­nated when the man seized the phone from the vic­tim’s hand and dropped it.

Po­lice ar­rived at the scene at 7.58am and were told that the ac­cused and vic­tim had gone out to din­ner the night be­fore to dis­cuss the end of their re­la­tion­ship.

The vic­tim and her son went to sleep af­ter ar­riv­ing home, while the ac­cused packed to leave the prop­erty in the morn­ing.

Later that night, the ac­cused en­tered his former part­ner’s bed­room to get his phone charger and woke her caus­ing the sit­u­a­tion to “es­ca­late”.

Prose­cu­tor Sheena Hayes said the ac­cused be­came ag­gres­sive, yelling at the vic­tim close to her face, push­ing her by the shoul­ders into the wall of the bed­room and mak­ing the threat to “slit his own throat”.

“The vic­tim be­lieved he would carry out those threats but he didn’t have the knife in his hands,” she said.

“She was scared that he would use two hunt­ing knives.”

De­fence lawyer El­iz­a­beth Smith said the man had no in­ten­tion of self harm­ing.

“The knives were in a tackle box in a cup­board and there was no in­di­ca­tion that he went near them,” she said.

“He said the words, but he said he was never in­clined to go any fur­ther than to make those threats, he never got his knife out or made a move to do so.”

A po­lice search of the home for the hunt­ing knives re­vealed a soft drink bot­tle fash­ioned into a water pipe which po­lice sus­pected smelt like burnt cannabis.

When ques­tioned by po­lice the ac­cused de­nied he smoked cannabis and said he only used the pipe to smoke to­bacco.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young sen­tenced the man who ap­peared by vide­olink to 40 days prison, de­clared the time served and or­dered 12 months of pro­ba­tion.

The Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Or­der was ex­tended for an­other five years and the ac­cused was or­dered to not en­ter the vic­tim’s res­i­dence dur­ing this time.

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