Father of two punched partner in the face, then choked her

A MOTHER of two was punched in the face and choked by her partner, when an argument between the couple turned violent.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, the victim's partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order.

After the argument broke out, the 35-year-old man grabbed the woman by the arm and punched her in the chin.

He then placed his hand around the woman's neck in what Magistrate Deborah Vasta described as a "choking motion". The offence took place in North Booval on September 18.

"The choking is a concern in terms of the level of violence you used," Ms Vasta told the man.

"At a recent magistrate's conference, we learned that people involved in domestic violence, who move onto the choking motion, are about six times more likely to end up killing that partner."

Ms Vasta also noted the unemployed man had five pages of criminal history, which included prior domestic violence breaches against another partner.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said the man had been in a relationship with the woman for three years, and that the couple had two young children together.

Mr Fairclough said his client had not intended to cause his partner any "serious" injury and that he hoped to repair his relationship with the woman.

"My client currently doesn't reside with his partner," he said. "He's still been able see his children and spent last weekend with them."

The man was sentenced to four months in jail and released on parole.

His sentence came one day after the State Government announced a proposal to introduce non-fatal strangulation as a criminal offence, in a bid to combat domestic violence.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new offence was about holding perpetrators to account for their actions.

"We know strangulation is a pivotal moment that reveals an escalation in the seriousness of the violence committed against a person in the context of domestic and family violence," she said.

"It is proposed that choking, strangling or suffocating a person will be an offence in its own right with a maximum penalty of seven years jail".

The strangulation offence was a recommendation of the special taskforce on domestic violence, headed by former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce. The proposal is expected to be introduced to parliament this week and could come into force as early as February.



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