By Rose Astley
A man has been charged with 14 domestic violence related offences including strangulation, deprivation of liberty and assault causing bodily harm, following a number of incidents over the last few weeks
Detectives from the Gympie Criminal Investigation Branch allege that on one occasion a woman was driven to the Toolara Forest, where her hands were zip tied behind her back and her feet bound with string.
“The man drove off before returning a short time later and cutting the woman free, he then made her walk on a dirt track for a considerable distance, before allowing her to re-enter the vehicle when another car approached,” a Police spokesperson said.
“On a separate occasion, at an address in the Gympie area, the woman was allegedly punched in the face before being grabbed around the neck and choked in a headlock, causing difficulty in breathing as a man continued to punch her.
“On another occasion a man allegedly drove the woman back to the Toolara Forest where he placed her in a headlock, as she sat in the car, choking her. The woman was then made to get out of the car and sit on the dirt before being allowed back in the car, where she was further punched and assaulted.”
Police will allege there were further incidents of the man contravening domestic violence orders by contacting the woman, visiting her address, verbally abusing her in public and physical assault.
Detectives arrested the 25-year-old Gympie man on Thursday, June 10 and charged him with 14 domestic violence related offences including six counts of contravening a domestic violence order, three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of strangulation / choking and one count each of deprivation of liberty, stealing, assault police and obstruct police.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you should report it to police.
Support and counselling is available from the following agencies:
• DVConnect Womensline: 1800 811 811
• DVConnect Mensline: 1800 600 636
• 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732