Plea of guilty to violent assault

BARRIE Charles Ware says he has absolutely no recollection of a violent attack on his girlfriend because he is prone to blackouts.

After a discussion with her got aggressive, Ware, 24, pushed the woman backwards causing her to fall on to a bed, then sat on her chest and put his hand over her hand and nose, making it difficult for her to breathe.

He then flipped her over and pulled her hair back and forward, smashing her face into the bed.

Then he covered her face with a pillow and punched her in the back of the head yelling: “If I can't have you, no one can. I'll kill you.”

A roommate intervened and the woman tried to call the police but he quickly snatched the phone from her hand and threw it on the floor, smashing the screen.

In Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday, Ware pleaded guilty to charges of wilful damage and common assault, though duty lawyer Katina Perren said he couldn't recall the incident.

She said he accepted the facts, but had been told by a roommate that he had never actually hit her and the argument had been verbal.

Ms Perren said the incident had scared Ware, who was now on medication and undergoing counselling for anger management.

As a result of the incident Ware lost his security licence. Ms Perren said Ware was now studying at an online university.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Ware $900 and warned him that if he was to come back before the court for a similar offence he would most likely go to jail.

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