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Wife struck in throat by torch and fist attack

A GLADSTONE woman was left reeling in pain after her enraged husband hit her in the throat with a torch and then his fist.

In a nasty case of domestic violence Gladstone Magistrates Court heard the 34-year-old man argued with the woman over money and used a black torch to attack her.

He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm on April 15, assault and unlawful possession of cannabis.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer said the man, who we have not named to protect the identity of the victims, became angry over a missing $50 note and used the end of a torch in a "jabbing motion" to strike her in the throat causing her difficulty to breathe.

"She suffered concussion to her throat. He struck her throat with a closed fist," Ms Sulzer said. "She suffered bruising and abrasions."

The man also assaulted a teenage boy who intervened in a separate incident when he became aggressive.

Ms Sulzer said when police later arrested the man with cannabis he was flushing something down the toilet, saying to police "Oh no you're not going to take my gunja are you".

Lawyer Jun Pepito said the man went off medication for depression and self medicated with marijuana. His wife told court he was "a good person" when on medication. The man spent 102 days in custody and was sentenced to six months jail but immediately released on probation.

Magistrate Mark Morrow told him "You do not assault your partner because you are unhappy about where the money is."



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