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Teen threatened to slit woman's throat as she held her baby

A MOTHER holding her baby had a knife held at her throat when her teenage boyfriend threatened to "slit her throat" and kill her.

Police prosecutor Constable Duncan Erskine told the Mackay Magistrates Court that the 18-year-old Mackay man had picked up a "cutting knife" and made threats to kill the woman.

"I'm going to slit your throat. I'm going to kill you," Const Erskine said the accused man told his girlfriend during a heated argument.

Patrick Braedan Harris, now 19, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and threatening violence against the woman on July 28.

Legal Aid lawyer Chelsea Cross said her client's memory was not so good about the incident but Harris effectively "disarmed himself" when he threw the knife to the ground.

Harris denied holding the knife close to the woman's throat but Magistrate Damien Dwyer questioned this.

Mr Dwyer said Harris should not try to blame the woman for him holding a knife to her throat as it would do him no good.

"She was holding the child when a knife was held to her throat," Mr Dwyer said, after considering all evidence put before the court.

"I don't accept there was a kick to his lower stomach by her. I accept that the knife was held close to her throat."

Ms Cross sought some leniency for Harris, saying that it was the first time he had been before a court on any offence. She said Harris was remorseful and ashamed of what he had done.

"It was very ordinary behaviour," Mr Dwyer told Harris.

"There is no excuse for what you did ... I don't know what happened with you that night."

Mr Dwyer sentenced Harris to six months jail. He was immediately eligible for release as he had already served 65 days in custody.

Harris was placed under the supervision of Corrective Services for 18 months.

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