Man paroled after ‘dangerous behaviour’ towards mum in car
A MAN has been sentenced after he choked his mother in a car, only stopping when she managed to escape.
The man in his 30s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court on Tuesday to one count of choking in a domestic setting.
The court heard in April the man's mother had picked him up from a court appearance before taking him home.
When the man was told by his mother to leave the car he reached over the centre console and put his hands around her neck and squeezed.
He then released his hands for a quick moment as a car went past allowing the victim to draw a breath before he choked her again.
The court heard the victim could not breathe and thought she was going to die and that she managed to escape through the car window.
Crown prosecutor Carla Ahern told the court the offending only stopped when the victim escaped.
She said the man did not have a Queensland criminal history but did have a New South Wales criminal history which included entries of stalking and assault.
Ms Ahern said the man had spent 207 days in pre-sentence custody which could be declared as time already served.
The man's barrister Callan Cassidy told the court the only explanation his client had for his behaviour was his meth use at the time.
Mr Cassidy said in the months prior the man was offered ice from a friend and he became instantly addicted.
He said since his client had been in custody he was off ice and had "no intention to go back to using it in any way, shape or form".
Judge Dennis Lynch took into account the man's plea of guilty.
Judge Lynch described the offending as "very dangerous behaviour".
"You became upset for no obvious or good reason," he said.
"The offence of choking in a domestic setting was created of because the research discovered the significance of this conduct, particularly in respect of domestic homicides.
"It's very dangerous behaviour to grab someone by the throat in the way that you did, it could easily have resulted in more significant consequences for your mother and if that had happened, then the consequences for you would be much more serious."
Judge Lynch also took into account the man's plea was a sign of his co-operation, but said the fact it happened in a domestic setting was an aggravating feature.
The man was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an immediate parole release.
207 days of pre-sentence custody was declared as time already served.