Man jailed for bashing and choking his partner

BASHING and choking his partner until she lost consciousness has landed a 39-year-old man with a history of violence in prison until at least next September.

The man, who can not be identified to protect the identity of his victim, had his backpack ready for jail with him when he appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to an attack in Nambour on November 21 last year in which he pulled the woman's hair, punched her in the face, put a pillow over her face and choked her until she passed out.

The court heard the man was still assaulting the woman when she regained consciousness.

It was described as a serious, violent and protracted attack that had significantly affected the woman's life.

Only two months before the incident the man had been sentenced for bashing his preoperative transgender housemate.

That attack earned him a two-year, $1000 good behaviour bond.

Defence lawyer John Gould said his client's attack had happened in retaliation to an assault by the woman but it had crossed the line of self defence.

Mr Gould said she had struck him in the ear when he had his back to her.

The fight had started after he drank the woman's alcohol.

Mr Gould said his client was receiving counselling for alcohol abuse and domestic violence issues.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy noted the woman had received relatively minor injuries from the assault.

They included a haemorrhage in her right eye from strangulation and hair loss.

Ms Hennessy said the victim had suffered post traumatic flashbacks as well as stress and anxiety from the attack.

She ordered the man pay $3000 in compensation and jailed him for 30 months.

Mr Gould had asked his client be given immediate parole or a suspended sentence; however, Ms Hennessy said actual jail time was warranted.

"I consider this matter to be far too serious," Ms Hennessy said.

The man was given a parole release date of September 22 next year.


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