Pregnant mum tells of assault

A FATHER-of-two allegedly choked his pregnant partner and threatened to blow her up with a gas canister, Tweed Heads Magistrates Court heard last week.

The 26-year-old Ocean Shores man appeared for mention before Magistrate David Heilpern, charged with 13 offences ranging from assault to handling explosives and supplying drugs.

Pleading not guilty to assault and stalking, the man did not enter a plea for the other 11 charges.

Police allege the trouble began when the man tried to steal an Xbox video game console and gold watch belonging to his partner's brother in November.

About 9.30am the next morning the pair argued over the attempted theft before the man decided he wanted to take their kids out for the day, to which his partner reluctantly agreed.

While waiting for the man's friend at a residence he became abusive, screaming obscenities at his partner until their kids begged him to stop, police claim.

The man said he was taking his partner "out bush", driving the family to a secluded dirt road in Byron Shire.

Police claim he then grabbed a small gas canister and placed it under the bonnet on the hot engine of the car.

She grabbed the gas canister before he grabbed her by the hair and forced her to the ground, choking her.
The case has been adjourned.



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