Choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic setting

Looking at sentencing outcomes in Queensland from July 2016 – June 2018 for choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic setting, this research found:

  • 287 offenders were sentenced on the new charge introduced in May 2016
  • 482 charges were prosecuted in total
  • 98.3% of offenders were male
  • 21% of sentenced offenders were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders
  • the average age of offenders was 31.8 years
  • 76% of offenders were imprisoned for the crime
  • 99% of offenders pleaded guilty (if it was their most serious offence - MSO)
  • the average sentence imposed was 1.9 years imprisonment
  • 49% of these cases had also breached a domestic violence order.

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