Man tasered, choked ex-wife in horrific domestic assault
A MAN has been jailed after he repeatedly used a taser on his ex-wife and choked her until she became unconscious during a horrific domestic violence incident.
The Burpengary man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Brisbane District Court on Tuesday where distressing details of the assault were aired.
The court was told that in June last year the woman went to her ex-husband’s house when a fight erupted and he grabbed her by the hair and punched her face while demanding the pin to her mobile phone.
Judge Brad Farr recounted how he then repeatedly tasered his ex-wife until the taser “stopped working”.
“She tried to push you off her but was unable to do so. She was screaming but you continued to punch her, pull her hair and tell her to shut up,” Judge Farr said.
The court was told he threw a wine bottle at her, ripped clothing from her and pulled an earring from her earlobe.
He then choked her, covering her nose and mouth, until she lost consciousness.
When the man’s parents intervened he threatened to kill them all, the court was told.
The woman was later taken to hospital where she was treated for swelling and bruising.
At court on Tuesday, the man pleaded guilty to choking, wilful damage, assault while armed and threatening violence, which were all domestic violence offences.
Prosecutor Aleksandra Nikolic said he had a relevant history and had been fined for assaulting his previous partner in May 2016.
Defence barrister Kim Bryson said the man had worked as an electrician and mechanic but had turned to drugs in 2016 after investing in a nutrition business that went south.
He continued to use drugs until July last year when he attended a three-month rehabilitation course at Gympie.
Judge Brad Farr was scathing of his conduct and said it was disgraceful that he had only stopped his violent attack when his parents had intervened.
“One would think that at 34 years of age, that you would be old enough, mature enough to wake up to yourself and realise that your behaviour is unacceptable in every sense of the word,” Judge Farr said.
“If at 34 years of age you can’t work that out for yourself then none of us can do that for you.”
Judge Farr sentenced the man to three years’ jail.
After time already served, he will be eligible for parole on December 9.
*For 24-hour support phone Queensland’s DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW’s Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
Originally published as Man tasered, choked ex-wife in horrific domestic assault