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'I own you...I'm going to kill you': Violent man's horror threat

Grant Neville Hearn, 35, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one of stalking, along with two counts of choking/suffocation and two of breaching a domestic violence order.
Grant Neville Hearn, 35, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one of stalking, along with two counts of choking/suffocation and two of breaching a domestic violence order. Facebook

A CENTRAL Queensland man who has acted violently against five partners and stalked some of them threatened to kill his latest victim's dog.

Grant Neville Hearn, 35, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one of stalking, along with two counts of choking/suffocation and two of breaching a domestic violence order.

Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence said the victim from all the offences before the court yesterday had known Hearn since they were children and they entered a romantic relationship in September 2016.

Ms Lawrence said Hearn had threatened and acted violently against five different partners to date.

"He has a long history now of reacting with threats of harm or with actual acts of harm at the break down of his relationships," she said.

The court heard the latest offences took place in Biloela and Banana on November 13, 14, 24, 25 and 26 where Hearn has placed his hand over the victim's mouth and attempted to suffocate her on two occasions.

On the first occasion, Hearn attended the victim's workplace - a CQ service station - while she was working.

"What the f--- is wrong with you, you spastic," he yelled at her.

"I'm going to go and kill your dog."

He loitered around until police attended at 1am, Hearn was removed and the protection order made.

The second suffocation incident took place on November 24 when the pair had lunch together at the victim's Banana residence, she went for a sleep before work and as she was trying to get ready about 6pm, he has urged her to come back to bed and lay down next to him.

"The defendant pressed his hand over her nose and mouth while the defendant pushed the back of her head into the pillow," Ms Lawrence said.

She said the victim struggled to breath and she scratched him and bit his hand before he removed his hand and apologised.

The victim got out of bed and went to cook dinner. He followed her into the kitchen saying "you think you're smart, you dumb scum" before throwing a punch at her face and hit her nose, causing it to bleed.

She told Hearn to leave or she would call the police to which he responded "Go ahead, get me locked up. It doesn't matter. I own you. You're mine. When I get out, one day, you have no idea, I'm going to f---ing kill you."

The next night, the victim worked, returning home at 4.30am on November 26.

"She slept for around three hours before being woke up by the defendant shaking her," Ms Lawrence said.

She said Hearn gave her a clip seal bag containing a rock - methamphetamines - which she disposed of immediately in the sink.

They argued throughout the day with the victim repeatedly telling Hearn to leave her home.

About dinner time, Hearn once again told the victim he "owned her" and placed his hand over her mouth and nose with his other hand cupping the back of her head, suffocating her, telling her to shut up.

"She bit his hand to get him to let go," Ms Lawrence said.

He has then back handed her across the mouth causing her pain and her lip to swell.

Hearn then punched her near her right eye, causing a small cut.

He left and she called police. Hearn attended Biloela Police Station the next day and was remanded in custody.

On October 17, 2016, police busted Hearn with a can he'd used to smoke cannabis, a light bulb he'd used to smoke meth and an empty tobacco pouch that smelt of burnt cannabis. He had pleaded guilty to these offences as well.

Defence Barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Hearn had a very dysfunctional upbringing and in his mid 20s becoming addicted to illicit drugs.

"He's life basically spiralled downwards," he said.

"He was living on the streets and ended up with a serious heroin addiction and more recently, a meth addiction."

Mr Lo Monaco said he had been diagnosed with bipolar when he was a teenager and he was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia.

He said Hearn had told him the past 11 months in custody had allowed him to 'get himself together', where he has undertaken courses to help him manage his life.

Judge Michael Burnett sentenced Hearn to 2.5 years prison term, declaring 330 days presentence custody, with immediate parole.

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