Mum stabbed,bitten,choked



A 21-YEAR-OLD man was charged with torture and assault yesterday after he allegedly stabbed a woman with a screwdriver.

Police allege the man arrived at the 19-year-old woman's Mt Morgan home after 7.30pm on Monday after drinking a significant amount of alcohol.

He allegedly found the woman feeding her baby and started arguing with her before assaulting her with a hockey stick and dragging her into a bedroom.

The man then allegedly grabbed a screwdriver and stabbed her in the cheek before sticking his finger in the wound to enlarge it.

It is also alleged he bit the woman and tried to choke her.

In Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday the accused man's solicitor, Doug Winning, did not apply for bail and his client was remanded to appear in court on February 27. The man was not required to enter a plea.

But Rockhampton police yesterday condemned the assault, warning it would not be tolerated.

"The ferocity of the assault was very disturbing to us in relation to her injuries and his intention to do harm,'' Acting Inspector John Hamrey said.

He said it was time Central Queenslanders realised assaults had to stop.

"Here we have another alcohol-fuelled assault. It just goes against everything we are trying to do with our Stop the Violence campaign.



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