A Mackay man has faced court after violently beating and choking his partner, and mother of their child.
A Mackay man has faced court after violently beating and choking his partner, and mother of their child.

‘Toxic’: Father chokes, beats partner to ward off police

Snapchat photos have led police to uncover a father's violent choking and beating of his partner in a Mackay home.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced the Mackay District Court on Friday charged with unlawful choking or strangulation and assault causing bodily harm.

Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence said an argument provoked the 31-year-old man to grab his partner, whom he shared a child with, around the neck.

Ms Lawrence said she tried to walk away but was pursued and choked again in an attempt to stop her actions attracting the police to their address where he was not supposed to because of a domestic violence order.

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She said the mother felt close to passing out and the next thing she recalled was laying on the kitchen floor with him on top punching her face.

"He eventually stopped, got her ice packs from the freezer and apologised," Ms Lawrence said.

The victim sent photographs of her injuries to a friend via Snapchat who then phoned police.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said the relationship between the pair, who have since separated, was "toxic".

"In fact, earlier in time, there's a protection order naming my client as the aggrieved and the (mother) as the respondent," Mr McLennan said.

He said the Department of Child Safety had also intervened because of domestic violence, marijuana use by both parents and the mother's mental health.

Mr McLennan said his client had since found work and sought counselling from Lives Lived Well.

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Judge Julie Dick told the man it was luck his former partner did not die from the choking.

He was sentenced to two years jail with immediate parole after serving 210 days in pre-sentence custody.

She advised him to stay away from drugs should he wish to rekindle a relationship with his child.

For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT.


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