Witnesses frantically tried to help woman being choked
AFTER returning home drunk from the pub a man subjected his partner to a brutal assault while his friend tried in vain to pull him off her.
In May this year, a heavily intoxicated Paul John Larter, 47, grabbed his partner by the face, covered her mouth and smashed her head into a wall.
He then pulled her to the ground by her hair which caused her shoulder to smash into a table.
Once she was down Larter began to choke her, despite attempts by his friend and another witness to help her.
Larter today pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to single counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, choking, common assault and contravention of a domestic violence order.
The court heard he threatened to kill her and her family during the attack.
She eventually escaped and ran to her neighbour's home who called the police.
When officers arrived, Larter refused to let them in and began swallowing pills.
Police were forced to smash through a glass door to arrest Larter who has spent the last 163 days in custody.
Lawyer Patrick Meehan told the court Larter had been prescribed new medication the day before the offences which had an "unexpected effect" when mixed with alcohol.
Mr Meehan said the relationship between Larter and the victim had been "harmonious" until a breakdown in January.
The victim went to Larter's home to reconcile according to Mr Meehan, but it didn't work out.
"The tension was about when the complainant was going to leave the house," Mr Meehan said.
Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien called Larter's behaviour "cowardly" and ordered he serve a head sentence of two years' imprisonment with parole release on November 26.