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Domestic terror: ‘I can’t breathe... I’m going to die’

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A HERVEY Bay mother endured a night of terror at the hands of her partner, during which he held her down so tightly she could no longer breathe, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard.

The man, who pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order, had previously breached the order in December 2014.

The 26-year-old, who the Chronicle has chosen not to name in order to protect the victim, walked free from court yesterday sentenced to serve nine months probation.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling told the court police were called to the Point Vernon home on August 6 this year after a large disturbance was heard.

Police noticed large bruises on the victim's arms which she told them was from being held down by the man.

The court heard the horror started when a verbal argument about housework turned violent when the man grabbed her.

Snr Const Sperling said the victim tried to get away and fled to her children's bedroom.

It was there, the man held the victim on the bed.

"She said, 'I can't breathe, I feel like I'm going to die'," Snr Const Sperling said.

The court heard during the ordeal the man held down the victim on a number of occasions and slapped her hard in the face.

Defence solicitor Murray Nielsen said the man agreed there had been a breach of the order but not all the facts read by the prosecution.

However, he did not elaborate on those discrepancies.

He said the pair had split up.

Acting Magistrate Dean Wilkinson agreed the matter was serious.

"There needs to be a line drawn," he said.

Topics:  domestic violence, dv, family violence, fraser coast, hervey bay




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