Joshua Ronald Brickle, 29, faced Mackay District Court from prison, pleading guilty to several charges.
Joshua Ronald Brickle, 29, faced Mackay District Court from prison, pleading guilty to several charges. Facebook

Woman woke to partner holding flick-knife at her throat

A WHITSUNDAY man who terrorised his former partner - beating her with a length of timber, holding a knife to her throat and spitting on her - has described himself as a "piece of s---".

Joshua Ronald Brickle told a court he was ashamed of his behaviour, which reflected the violence inflicted on his family by his father; a troubled war veteran.

The 29-year-old fronted Mackay District Court via videolink from prison on Monday, where he was serving time for an ice-fuelled crime spree in 2014, in which $90,000 worth of property was stolen.

Brickle pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, and one count each of common assault, wilful damage and unlawful use of a motor vehicle - offences committed while on parole, between May, 2015 and August, 2016.

Crown prosecutor Ryder Reid gave the facts of the case to Judge Julie Dick.

"They (Brickle and his 24-year-old then-partner) had been in a relationship for about six months. In May, 2016 that relationship was deteriorating and the defendant was becoming increasingly controlling," he said.

On July 16 last year at Cannonvale, Brickle "was angry at the complainant for talking to her mother on the phone".

"He punched her in the head, dragged her by the hair to the front door and he stomped her," Mr Reid said.

"The defendant armed himself with a bit of timber and struck the complainant to the back of the head. It caused a cut which bled."

The woman went to the shower and Brickle "followed her, poured alcohol on her, spat in her face and called her a name".

On August 13 last year, the victim was sleeping when Brickle held a flick-knife to her throat and "threatened her was going to end her".

"He also cut some of her hair and called her a 'scum mutt'," Mr Reid said.

The following day, Brickle had been "upset that he had no cigarettes", so the victim and her young son left home to purchase a packet.

"The defendant ran out after them armed with a racquet. He struck the complainant in the head and threatened her," Mr Reid said.

Hatching an escape plan, the next day the woman told Brickle she needed to shop for toilet paper.

"Instead, she sought refuge at a crisis and counselling centre and police were contacted," Mr Reid said.

Police arrived the next day and Brickle tried to escape through a manhole, which led to the wilful damage offence.

The car theft offence involved the unlawful use of a car, which was later found abandoned.

In a victim impact statement, the woman "spoke of the terror she felt", Mr Reid added.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said his client, a dad of two, had endured a violent childhood and started smoking marijuana quite young.


The lawyer described Brickle's violent offending as stemming out of an ice habit, and described his former relationship as "obviously toxic".

"My client certainly accepts his behaviour and is ashamed of his behaviour," Mr McLennan said.

"He said 'I want to be a dad again. My kids ask when I'm coming home. I feel like a piece of s--t for doing what my dad did'."

Mr McLennan said Brickle didn't want to grow old in prison and hoped to take up hospitality work in Airlie once released.

He called for a "substantial reduction" in Brickle's sentence, considering time he was already serving.

Judge Dick took into account Brickle's guilty plea and said his "unhappy childhood" may have contributed to his "disgraceful behaviour".

She handed down a 12 month head sentence, and set parole eligibility for March 11 next year.


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