Accused letter-writing choker refused bail
A BILOELA man accused of choking a woman after persuading her to let him into a house has been denied bail.
Matthew John Tatt's relationship with the woman started in November 2016, Brisbane Supreme Court was told.
In April this year, a drunk Tatt went to the woman's home near Toowoomba.
He "violently banged” on her front door and she refused to let him in, Justice Peter Flanagan said on Thursday.
Then he lifted up the garage door and went around to the back door.
"Finally he seemed to calm down and the victim let him in,” Justice Flanagan added.
Then he got angry, swore at the woman, and she asked him to leave.
Justice Flanagan said Tatt grabbed the woman round the throat with his left hand and put his right hand round her nose and mouth.
Struggling to breathe, she bit his hand and he let go.
Tatt then "grabbed the victim around the throat again and squeezed,” the judge said.
Justice Flanagan said a court previously heard choking was a recognised warning sign of future "domestic violence or even homicide”.
Tatt was accused of choking the woman when he was on bail and awaiting trial for other offences that he later pleaded guilty to.
While incarcerated in May, Tatt sent letters to the woman, landing himself in further trouble.
Justice Flanagan said "an unacceptable risk of re-offending” existed with Tatt.
He had previous convictions including for assault and for breaching bail.
Bail was refused. -NewsRegional
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