Attacker narrowly escapes jail time

A VICIOUS attack on a woman could have had a man charged with rape, Gympie Magistrates Court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty to one charge of contravening a domestic violence order and the court was told the victim was asked by police if she wanted to press charges of rape or assault.

She declined to press charges.

The court heard the man and his partner were arguing about money on the morning of October 18 when things turned violent.

When the victim refused to talk to her partner after the fight, he grabbed her by the hair and rammed her face into the floor several times.

As she tried to get away, the man pulled her to the floor by her hair and threatened to kill her.

Then he dragged the woman to a chair, told her to sit and threatened to rape her before spreading her legs and placing his fingers inside her forcefully, causing the woman pain.

He told her he was disgusted with her and walked away.

When the woman tried to drive away from the home, he stood in front of her car.

The court heard that after the incident which the prosecution described as extremely serious, the man, who is bipolar and suffers depression was taken to Nambour hospital's mental health unit where he stayed for some days. He was placed on probation for 15 months.

Gympie Times


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