A Bowen man called his partner of 15 years a “f---ing sl--”. Photo: File
A Bowen man called his partner of 15 years a “f---ing sl--”. Photo: File

’F---ing sl--’: Bowen man threatens to slit partner’s throat

A Bowen man told the mother of his children he would slit her throat if she returned to their house during a "disgraceful" act of domestic violence.

The 27-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also tried to coerce his child into leaving the house with him and committed the offences soon after being placed on a domestic violence order.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jay Merchant told Bowen Magistrates Court police were called to a Bowen home in December and found the man's partner crying in the front yard.

She told police she argued with the man earlier that night, saying he walked her out of the house and told her he would slit her throat if she came back.

Sgt Merchant told the court police found the man drunk and passed out at the dining room table.

He was taken to the watch-house and then released, but returned to the house and woke his partner up.

 

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Sgt Merchant said the man took the engagement ring off the woman's finger before calling her a "f---ing sl--" and "b----".

The four children who lived at the house woke up and heard the argument.

Sgt Merchant said the man then grabbed his 9-year-old son's phone and told him to pack a bag, all the while the child was crying for his mother.

The offences occurred in late December, the same month the man was given a domestic violence order.

Sgt Merchant said the man told the woman to refuse to give police a statement and say nothing happened.

"On one hand he's threatened to slit the throat of the woman and on the other hand he's also utilised and exercised control over his child," Sgt Merchant said.

"He took (his son's) phone and indicated that if he did not come with him (his son) would not get his phone back.

"The domestic violence allegations are very serious in that respect.

"The concern for the prosecution is that the ink is still drying on that order you made in this court."

A father of three tried to coerce his young son to leave the house with him. Photo: File
A father of three tried to coerce his young son to leave the house with him. Photo: File

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening a domestic violence order.

Lawyer Cleo Rewald, for the man, said he had been in a relationship with the woman for 15 years and they had three biological children together.

The 27-year-old man, who recently moved to Bowen with his family from Hervey Bay, was a truck driver but has been unable to work since April last year because of an injury.

Ms Rewald said alcohol played a role in the man's behaviour but the couple had also suffered the trauma of losing a child to miscarriage over the Christmas period.

The court heard the man had previously broken up a domestic violence situation between his neighbours.

"He can't explain why he's behaved in this manner given that he was so against the violence being displayed between his neighbours," Ms Rewald said.

 

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Magistrate James Morton told the man his behaviour towards his partner was "disgraceful".

"How a man treats a woman like this is beyond comprehension," Mr Morton said.

"You called her all the names, you kicked her out of the house and she's the mother of your children.

"Children see things and they don't forget."

Mr Morton said alcohol made people do stupid things and the man seemed to be of otherwise good character.

The Bowen man was given 12 months' probation, as well as fined $250 for a separate offence, with no convictions recorded.


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