Dad hears daughter allegedly choked after fight over iced coffee

A FATHER'S voice mail allegedly captured his pregnant daughter's partner attacking her after she bought him the wrong variety of iced coffee, a court has heard.   

The partner, who is accused of choking the woman until she passed out, fell and hit her head, has been denied bail.  

The man, 30, was taken into custody on Thursday after a chain of alleged violent offences against his pregnant partner and in front of their three-year-old daughter.  

In Gladstone Magistrates Court, magistrate Melanie Ho denied the man bail based on the risk of him reoffending, with the matter to be heard again on April 11.  

She detailed how the man allegedly grabbed his pregnant partner by the stomach and pushed her into a wall on February 9, telling her he did not want their unborn baby.  

Ms Ho said police would allege the woman retreated to the bedroom and yelled for him to leave, picking up her phone to call for help.  

She said the woman thought she'd called police but instead she called her dad, whose voice mail captured the rest of the alleged attack.  

The man allegedly followed her into the room, grabbed her neck and choked her.  

The court heard the last thing the alleged victim remembered was falling and hitting her head on a tallboy, and that she thought she would die.  

Ms Ho said in the voice mail left on her father's phone, she could be heard crying and pleading for help while the man allegedly repeatedly said he was going to kill her.  

The court heard the woman was able to make it to her car and lock herself in.  

At that point, her attacker allegedly broke the handle off the car door and tried to use it to smash the window.  

She drove to police, who later detained the man.  

The court heard Gladstone Hospital staff observed marks on the woman's neck.  

The alleged attack was said to have started because she'd bought him a pie and the wrong variety of iced coffee.

Their young daughter witnessed the alleged assault.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the man's alleged attacks had escalated over time.

"They appear to be getting worse in severity," Sgt Stevens said.

"What began as property damage and threats of self harm have turned to (alleged) violence."

Lawyer Matt Heelan argued the man should be allowed bail because he was worried about his sick mother, and would follow any court orders to stay away from his partner.

Mr Heelan said his client denied committing any violence or threats to kill.

The man is charged with assault for allegedly pushing the woman into the wall, the alleged choking, and two counts of wilful damage for allegedly punching holes in walls and a door during the argument.

*For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT  on 1800 737 732.

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