Melbourne, Mar 24 (ANI): A Tasmanian man in said to have bashed and choked his girlfriend until she blacked out after she tried to entice him into a threesome.
The Supreme Court in Burnie was told that the incident took place on a camping trip last April when the woman brought her female friend along and confessed to her partner, Phillip Hilton Bissett, that she was bisexual.
She then plied Bissett, 44, with alcohol to make him "more receptive" to the notion of a threesome, and after they engaged in some "mild intimacy", the two women became more involved with each other.
Bissett, who was drunk, decided to drive off in his car, but in his inebriated state he ended up crashing into bushes.
His girlfriend ran after him and tried to take the car keys from him, but Bissett slapped her and pushed her to the ground.
She tried to run off, but Bissett punched her to the head, chest and back before choking her until she lost consciousness.
The victim suffered bruising and a sore neck but recovered, and Bissett, who pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on March 23, had to spend the night and next day in police custody.
Justice David Porter said the relationship continued and the pair had since become engaged.
"She has been reluctant to see the matter pursued," News.com.au quoted Justice Porter as saying.
"I am told, and I accept, that there was no violence in this relationship, nor has there been since," he said.
The judge said domestic violence cases were normally considered a serious breach of trust in a relationship.
"I accept that you are remorseful and that there is little likelihood of repetition," he said.
"It must be noted that the events were witnessed or heard by a number of children and young persons," he added.
Bissett received a three-month jail sentence, wholly suspended on condition he is of good behaviour for two years. (ANI)