Man threatens wife with hammer

A CAMPING trip turned into an ordeal for a Fraser Coast woman due to her intoxicated partner's threatening behaviour.

A 27-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last week to a number of charges, the most serious of which occurred on December 27 at the Wongi State Forest.

The court heard the man held down his partner for an extended period of time, telling her that she “didn't deserve to live”.

The court was also told the man had picked up a hammer and threatened the woman with it, saying he was going to “smash” her.

The woman's daughter went into the tent as she was concerned for her mother's wellbeing and contacted police.

The man also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor for a separate incident when he returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.163 outside McDonald's in Pialba at 2am on January 22. He was then charged with driving with a suspended licence the next day.

Duty lawyer Trinity McGarvie stressed that the woman suffered no injuries in the campsite incident and told the court that her client's memory of December 27 was so clouded by alcohol that he could not challenge the facts presented.

Ms McGarvie said the man had no previous history of violence but had a problem with alcohol, becoming “like a different person” when intoxicated.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said the man's behaviour was “absolutely atrocious” and imposed a 12-month probation order, as well as a $1500 fine and 13-month licence disqualification for the traffic offences.

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