'I thought I was going to die': Man jailed for brutal attack
A WOMAN has described feeling as if she was going to die as pressure built behind her eyes while her ex-fiance held her down by her throat in a shocking case of domestic violence.
The man, who can't be named to protect his victim, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to two counts of choking and one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, both committed in a domestic violence relationship.
On March 30, during an argument at their Pacific Paradise home the victim told him to leave and "off himself" after he threatened to kill himself.
The victim went into the bedroom and he followed, grabbing her by the throat and choking her while pushing her down into the bed.
The next day, she awoke to him in her bed where she told him their relationship was over.
After an argument about their car, he took her phone and engagement ring before punching her repeatedly and driving away.
He later returned to the home where he choked her again.
She told police she thought she was going to die and could feel blood pressure building up behind her eyes.
Police found the man the next day and he denied any physical abuse occurred, claiming she had a raised bruise on her head as a result of self-harm.
He's been in prison for seven months since his arrest.
The court heard since the assault, the woman's anxiety had gotten worse and she was seeing a psychologist.
Defence barrister David Crews argued his client was heavily drug affected at the time of his police interview and was "irrational".
Mr Crews further told the court his client hadn't used ice until he met the victim.
During the sentencing Judge Glen Cash noted the man had been uncooperative with police and shown no remorse.
Judge Cash ordered the man serve a head sentence of three years' imprisonment with parole release in March 2019.