A JAIL sentence is likely for a 25-year-old man who grabbed a woman's throat during a domestic violence incident that left her in pain for days.
The Kooringal man appeared in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to one count of common assault related to domestic violence.
"In my view, it's a jail sentence," magistrate Christopher Halburd said.
"It's simply a question of whether that jail sentence is to be served in the community in the form of an ICO [intensive corrections order] or whether you're going to jail."
Court documents state that about 9.30pm on April 24 this year at Gobbagombalin, the man turned up to the victim's premises where he knocked loudly on the door before the victim let him in.
He then grabbed her around the throat for a few seconds, causing her to feel immediate physical pain and resulted in soreness around her jaw lasting for two days afterwards.
They then had an altercation over a mobile phone when the man spat on her face.
He also grabbed her face, placing a hand on her mouth so she couldn't speak.
He then told her he was intending to use a large knife on the kitchen table on whoever was found at the residence.
After they stopped arguing and tension settled, he stayed until the next morning.
During a police interview after the man was arrested, he said he had initially grabbed the knife after he had seen (from outside the premises) the victim and another one of her ex-partners together inside.
However, he dropped the knife in the garden before approaching the premises.
He explained to police that he later retrieved the knife and put it on the kitchen counter wanting to confess to the victim how upset and angry he had felt.
In court on Wednesday, magistrate Christopher Halburd described the incident as "a serious example of domestic violence offence".
An apprehended domestic violence order has also been placed on the man, who represented himself in court.
"If you breach that order, you could go to jail for two years and/or pay fines of up to $5500," Mr Halburd said.
"It's up to you, but you might want to consider getting yourself represented when you come back to court."
The man will front court again in July this year for sentencing.
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