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Man walks free after choke-hold attack on girlfriend

AN ANGRY man, who fuelled by a day of drinking put his girlfriend in a choke-hold before repeatedly punching her in the face, has walked from court.

In May, the 40-year-old man - who legally cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim - and his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years had been drinking at home all day when an argument broke out, a court heard.

He pushed her by the throat onto a bed and restrained her for what she estimated to be "a couple of minutes", before grabbing her from behind in a choke-hold.

As the woman struggled against him, he tightened his grip.

The fight broke up and the pair sat on the couch with the victim attempting to calm him down, but as she got up to walk away he elbowed her in the face and punched her twice in the head.

He forced her to sit back down and further choked her, before she pretended to go outside for a cigarette and called the police.

The woman - who received swelling and bruising to her face and throat - said the incident left her with trust issues.

Supported in Maroochydore District Court by his mother, the man today pleaded guilty to single counts of choking in a domestic relationship and assault occasioning bodily harm.

He has been on remand in prison since his arrest.

Defence barrister John Jacob told the court his client had no violent criminal history and that his victim claimed there was no previous domestic violence in the relationship.

The man's behaviour was described as "uncharacteristic" and it was admitted the attack was at the "lower end" of offending.

Judge David Andrews sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment for each count with immediate parole.


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