Man threatens to stab former partner in the neck with knife
A MAN threatened to “stick a knife” through his former partners neck after she asked him to leave her house.
The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on July 3 to two counts of contravening a domestic violence order.
Police prosecutor Casparus Schoeman said the domestic violence order forbade the defendant from attending the victim’s address.
Mr Schoeman said the first breach occurred about 1pm on April 13.
He said defendant went to the victim’s address, where they engaged in a verbal argument and he told her she was a bad mother before leaving.
He said the second breach occurred about 11am on June 27.
The defendant attended the aggrieved’s address and she asked him to leave.
The defendant responded, saying “If you keep it up and ring police, I will stick a knife through your neck”.
He left and returned about 4.30pm, where they got into another verbal argument. He started swearing at the victim, calling her a s---.
The victim asked the defendant to leave multiple times and called police.
The defendant left the address, saying “You deserve a punch in the head”.
Police spoke to the defendant on June 30, where he told them he had attended the address on April 13 and prior to being picked up that day.
The court heard the defendant was on a suspended sentence at the time of committing the two breaches.
Defence lawyer Brian McGowan said his client and the victim were together for eight years and had one child together, who he sees once a week.
Mr McGowan said a “useless one-day father” was one of the things the victim said to the defendant.
“I told him responding by getting more aggressive and upping the ante is not the way to go,” he said.
“He was dropping his daughter off, the victim wasn’t answering, no one was there. He went inside and saw a bong and marijuana and that turned into a fight and here he is again.
“There is no excuse for the threats, but all the domestic violence is verbal.”
Mr McGowan said he told the defendant he needed to negotiate for an order where he would get to see his daughter and not have any interaction with the victim.
The defendant was sentenced to nine months prison with immediate parole and three days pre-sentence custody declared as time served. Criminal convictions were recorded.