Al­leged axe choker de­nied bail

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A JU­BILEE Pocket man charged with stran­gu­la­tion, con­tra­ven­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pro­tec­tion or­der and wil­ful dam­age will stay in cus­tody af­ter he was de­nied bail in Pros­per­ine court on Mon­day.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Han­nah Beard told the court the man al­legedly broke a pro­tec­tion or­der made two months prior in the same court.

The po­lice op­posed bail be­cause the five-and-a-half-month re­la­tion­ship with the ag­grieved had re­sulted in the man also con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice pro­tec­tion or­der in Jan­uary just seven days af­ter it was made.

“There is a clear es­ca­la­tion in be­hav­iour,” Sen-Con­sta­ble Beard said.

The court heard that on this oc­ca­sion fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment the man al­legedly threat­ened to kill his for­mer part­ner and used an axe han­dle to choke her.

Pho­to­graphs were tended show­ing bruis­ing that ap­peared to sup­port this, Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young con­firmed.

“She does show a large bruise across her throat, which is not con­sis­tent with hand marks – other ex­pla­na­tions are yet to be brought up,” he said.

Duty lawyer El­iz­a­beth Smith said there was al­co­hol in­volved and the 39-year-old dis­puted the chok­ing charge al­though he ac­cepted he had dam­aged the vic­tim’s phone and house.

Ms Smith said the man would com­ply with a “no con­tact” bail con­di­tion with the ag­grieved, had the sup­port of his par­ents and could live with them out­side the area, and had good work prospects.

How­ever Mr Young said be­cause the man was in a “show cause” po­si­tion, he must show why it would be un­just he re­main in cus­tody.

“I have to con­sider the crown case a strong one and he does have a his­tory of vi­o­lence,” he said.

“I am not sat­is­fied even strict con­di­tions could ame­lio­rate the risk of fur­ther of­fend­ing.”

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

IN CUS­TODY: A man accused of stran­gu­la­tion, break­ing a pro­tec­tion or­der and wil­ful dam­age was de­nied bail at Proserpine Court House on Mon­day.

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