Man choked partner in alcohol rage
A man pleaded guilty to common assault in circumstances of aggravation when he faced Busselton Magistrates Court on Tuesday after choking his partner of six months in an alcohol-fuelled attack.
Police Prosecutor Daniel Talbot said the couple were holidaying at Busselton Jetty Caravan Park when the victim spilt an alcoholic drink, beginning a “tirade of abuse”.
The verbal abuse continued towards Busselton Jetty where the man wanted to go fishing before his partner ran away to a nearby restaurant with the man shouting at onlookers: “What are you looking at?”
On returning to the caravan park the couple continued to argue inside their caravan, when the man grabbed the victim around the throat and slammed her to the ground where she momentarily lost consciousness.
Busselton Jetty staff came to the aid of the victim, demanding the inhabitants come out of the caravan. The woman was treated at Busselton Health Campus for abrasions on her neck and head.
Defence lawyer Mr Ntuthuko Mcingolwane said the man was asking for the opportunity to rehabilitate his alcohol issues.
Magistrate Belinda Coleman said alcohol consumption was no excuse for his behaviour.
The man was placed on a community-based order for 12 months requiring him to participate in alcohol, psychological and violence counselling.
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