Mackay man allegedly shoved a towel down partner's throat

A 37-YEAR-OLD Mackay man allegedly shoved a tea towel down his ex-partner's throat in front of their child, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

Prosecutor Michael Ball told the court that in May last year, the man and woman had been fighting verbally after he failed to take the child to school on time.

It is alleged the woman was trying to call police when the man "snapped" and threw her phone to the ground, damaging it.

He then allegedly "shoved" the tea towel down her throat to silence her shouts.

"The aggrieved said that she was petrified and could not breathe," said Mr Ball.

Defence solicitor Chris Shrader said the assault would be disputed, but the man pleaded guilty to a number of other charges before the court.

One of charges was that the man made contact with the woman between November 14 and 19 in 2014, in defiance of a domestic violence order.

On November 14, the woman received 41 missed calls, 10 texts and two video messages from the man.

The messages included the phrases "die you junkie," "rot in hell" and the videos showed the man masturbating.

On November 15, she received nine texts, on November 17 three missed calls, November 18 there were 15 missed calls and on November 19, three texts.

The man also pleaded guilty to contravening the domestic violence order and obstructing police on April 7, 2015.

On June 4, 2015, he was released on bail on various charges, but had since breached bail conditions.

Magistrate Tina Previtera said for reasons she "didn't understand" the man was seeking an adjournment for the sentence.

The matter was adjourned to January 25.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Previtera said as the man had been sentenced the day prior for failing to appear in court, he was an unacceptable risk and refused his bail application.

He remains in custody.


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