Strangled and a knife to her throat: "I'll kill us all"

A MAN partly strangled his former partner, held a steak knife against her throat and threatened to kill her and her children in a fearful Southside confrontation, Gympie Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

The man, who is not named to protect the complainant, said he would then kill himself.

Police told the court the terrifying drama occurred in the presence of two children on March 24.

The man's violent and threatening behaviour breached a Domestic Violence Order made on January 5.

The man, 44, pleaded guilty to the charge but later denied the knife allegation. Magistrate M. Baldwin told the man his offences now mean he could not see his children without a Family Court order or official authorisation.

Mrs Baldwin told the man his conduct meant he would not for now be allowed to see his children and would need an arrangement approved by the Family Court order or an officially sanctioned and supervised meeting.

But she urged him not to give up on seeing them, because that would hurt them too.

"You will just have to go through the right channels," she said.

Police told the court the man attended the woman's home and did not comply with repeated requests that he should leave.

"He made threats to her and said he would kill the whole family if she went to the police.

"He grabbed her and strangled her and put a steak knife at her throat," the police prosecutor said.

"He said he was going to kill her, that he had killed before and was then going to kill himself."

When found by police he told them he had been camping at Inskip Point and had not attended the woman's Southside home since May last year.

Police sought witness expenses of $450 and asked for an extension to the DVO.

Solicitor Chris Anderson said the man had two children, 7 and 1, with the complainant. The relationship had been toxic for a number of years.

"He has lost belongings and tens of thousands of dollars in money and assets taken by the aggrieved and her boyfriend," Mr Anderson said.

Mrs Baldwin said the matter was a serious breach.

"The community does not want domestic violence any more.

"Such behaviour in front of children is tragic and it screams out the problem of domestic violence being cyclic (through the generations), teaching children "aggression, violence and intimidation are the norm."

She jailed the man for 15 months with parole eligibility from September 20.

Gympie Times

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