'Please stop': Five-year-old watches as mum attacked
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl who begged a man to stop trying to suffocate her mother after a drunken fight has been mentally scarred, a court heard.
Warren Daniel Ling pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of choking and two counts of stealing.
Ling and his girlfriend had been dating for three months when they came home from a night out at Noosa on February 10 about midnight.
The pair, both 35, were arguing after Ling took the woman's phone and card. When she tried to get them back he punched her in the face.
The woman screamed, waking her young daughter, who pleaded with Ling to stop. But the court heard Ling grabbed the woman in a choke hold, threw her into the lounge room and grabbed her again wrapping one hand around her throat and the other on her mouth and nose.
The court heard the woman was so scared she urinated on herself. She blacked out, but when she regained consciousness she kicked Ling to try and get away. This time, he used a pillow and said "just go to sleep, c---".
The woman was able to breathe and managed to struggle free. She grabbed her daughter and fled the house.
Her neighbours called police and Ling took off with her phone and card. He withdrew $900.
Police found Mr Ling the next day at a bus stop in Noosa. He was arrested and charged.
The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her body and face. The court was told the little girl was "fixated" on the incident and needed counselling.
Ling's defence barrister said his client had no history of like offending and the assault was "out of character".
He said at the time Ling was on pain medication and mixed it with alcohol. He said Ling did not remember much off the offending but was sorry for his actions.
Ling was sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail and will be released on parole on October 10.