Father walks free after choking daughter’s ex

By Alex Frost

A 64-year-old man who strangled his daughter’s ex-partner has avoided conviction.

Shane David Lawrence pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore District Court to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police Prosecutor Senior-Constable Allison Johnstone told the court Lawrence choked Samuel Beryl on March 2 out the front of Lawrence’s daughter’s property at Alexandra Headland.

A scuffle broke out when Mr Beryl entered Elizabeth Lawrence’s house in violation of a domestic violence order.

The court was told Mr Beryl and Ms Lawrence share three children and were in a relationship for seven years.

Lawrence told Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist that Mr Beryl had destroyed his daughter’s life by introducing her to ice during the relationship.

Lawrence’s defence solicitor said that before the relationship, Ms Lawrence was well and studying at university, but said Mr Beryl has “buggered her now”.

Senior-Constable Johnstone told the court Lawrence approached Mr Beryl, grabbed him by the neck and said “you’re not f***ing going anywhere”.

Lawrence then pretended to punch the victim. He then choked out Mr Beryl.

Mr Stjernqvist took into account Lawrence’s disability pension, his constant financial support to his daughter and had no criminal offences since 1972.

Mr Stjernqvist downgraded the charge from assault occasioning bodily harm to common assault and fined Lawrence $800 with no conviction recorded.

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