Charges: Assault occasioning actual bodily harm x 1; Intentionally and unlawfully choking a person so as to render that person insensible or unconscious x 1.
Case type: Sentence.
Facts: The defendant headbutted his wife, causing her to become unconscious. He tightly wrapped a piece of rope around her neck, causing her to again become unconscious. She had lost control of her bodily functions and urinated (). The incident occurred in 2013. The complainant was unwilling to provide a statement previously, because she wanted to continue in her relationship with the defendant ().
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges ().
Issues: Sentence to be imposed.
Decision and Reasoning: The defendant was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months’ imprisonment, wholly suspended (). Mitigating factors included the defendant’s: pleas of guilty; limited criminal history; childhood trauma; mental health issues; and engagement in psychological services (). Burns J considered that the defendant had very good prospects for rehabilitation ().