A midnight fight over crying children and a former boyfriend ended with a Warrawong man grabbing his partner’s throat and threatening to kill her, a court has heard.
Michael Carver, 40, is accused of assaulting his partner in their Stuart Road home about 12.30am yesterday after an argument between the pair became physical.
Carver yesterday denied the charges against him, claiming he acted in self-defence after the woman lunged at him.
Police documents before the court allege the female victim was woken by her crying one-year-old son and after picking him up from his cot, went to the kitchen to get some medicine for him.
Carver had the couple’s other son, 2, with him.
It is alleged an ensuing argument between the pair resulted in Carver grabbing the woman around the neck and squeezing her throat.
He then dragged her by the throat to the hallway and pushed her up against the wall, while she still had her son in her arms, police documents before the court said.
When Carver eventually released the woman, she ran to the kitchen and attempted to dial triple-0. However, Carver tried to grab the phone out of her hand, allegedly threatening to kill her if she called police.
The woman went to the bedroom and again tried to call the police, prompting Carver to grab her around the neck, police documents said.
He only released her when the couple’s son, who was still in his mother’s arms, began to cry.
The woman took the child and locked herself in the car, before dialling emergency services.
Police arrested Carver and took a statement from the woman, who told them the pair had been arguing about her former partner before things turned physical.
Carver allegedly provided a different version of the evening’s events, saying the woman had attacked him with a set of keys and he only grabbed her by the throat in self-defence. He pointed to a cut on his cheek as proof of the incident, police documents said.
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie accepted that Carver intended to fight the charges, which have been set down for a hearing in December, but refused to release him on bail in the interim period.
She cited concerns for the alleged victim’s welfare and the fact Carver was on parole at the time and already had similar charges currently before the court.