Gympie Magistrates Court and Registry. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Gympie Magistrates Court and Registry. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Miller

Charged with choking a woman, this man sent out of town

JUSTICE began quickly for a man who appeared in court about mid-day, on charges of choking a Gympie woman and assaulting her with bodily harm earlier in the day.

The man was granted bail on strict conditions, including that he stay away from the woman and at least 100km away from Gympie.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport, not to approach any international departure point within 1km and to lodge a $5000 cash surety with the court to ensure his appearance for hearing of the matter on December 12.

Hoani Herekuha Taukir Tapara, 29, told Gympie Magistrates Court he worked at Port Hedland in a fly in-fly out maintenance job for a range of mining companies.

His family lived in Brisbane and he would be staying with them when not at work, he said.

Magistrate M. Baldwin told Tapara attempting to choke was a well known precursor to killing someone.

Mrs Baldwin noted Tapara's clean record but said he could not be released until he arranged for his passport to be obtained and surrendered to the court.

She said his need to fly to work, often via Perth, would not require him to approach within 1km of the international terminal.

She ordered he should have no contact, direct or indirect and said this would include notifications or comments on social media.