‘I will ruin you’: Woman strangler escapes custody
WITH a hand pressed against her neck so hard she blacked out, Bryce William Monkivitch threatened to "ruin" his then-girlfriend.
The 29-year-old business owner with a history of violence avoided spending any actual time behind bars for strangling a woman, then 22, in a Maroochydore alleyway in 2017.
He was sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court today on one count of strangulation in a domestic setting after he pleaded guilty in April, the morning the matter was due for trial.
Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings told the court Monkivitch and his victim were in a relationship and had been drinking, celebrating with friends the night of the May 13 attack.
When Monkivitch falsely accused his victim of cheating on him, she left the Duporth Tavern upset. Monkivitch followed.
Mr Cummings said the defendant's behaviour was so concerning a hotel concierge called police, but by the time officers caught Monkivitch he had already carried out his attack in an alleyway behind the Bip Top Shopping Centre.
"He threatened her, 'I will wreck you here on the Sunshine Coast, do you know how many people I know here, I'll wreck you'," Mr Cummings relayed the defendant's words to the court.
"He applied pressure for five to 10 seconds and in the course of that she blacked out for a period of time.
"When she regained consciousness she was in shock, she didn't know what to do, she screamed in the alleyway to try and attract attention."
Monkivitch tried to "keep her quiet", but she pushed him away and escaped.
Police arrived and Monkivitch was arrested, too drunk to be interviewed.
He was given bail and no pre-sentence custody was declared during proceedings.
The victim suffered red marks to her neck, but Judge Glen Cash pointed out the offence was inherently dangerous and "not really about the injuries caused".
Mr Cummings told the court Monkivitch's was precisely the sort of behaviour which warranted a sentence which deterred others, and represented the community's denunciation.
"People can be dead within seconds," he quoted from a comparative case.
"It's a dangerous and predictive indicator of an escalation of domestic violence offending," he said, and submitted for a suspended prison sentence.
Monkivitch was supported by six people in court, and his current partner tendered a reference attesting to his good character.
Defence barrister Damian Walsh told the court his client had significantly rehabilitated and not reoffended in more than two years.
Mr Walsh said Monkivitch and a business partner operated an online company selling clothing and other items, and employed three people directly and about 120 contractors.
Mr Walsh said Monkivitch was raised in circumstances were "violence was commonplace".
The court heard Monkivitch's list of victims were all injured outside of nightclubs while he was drunk.
In 2012, Monkivitch punched a man to the pavement causing a bleed on the brain.
The same year he fought another man on the streets of Surfer's Paradise, and in 2011 he assaulted police as they arrested his brother outside a nightclub.
Judge Cash said given his background, there was concern whether Monkivitch could control his anger.
He said because the offence was violent, prison was not a last resort and sentenced him to 18 months' jail with immediate parole.
Judge Cash considered Monkivitch's "significant rehabilitation" and attempts to address his anger management in handing down his sentence.
He said general deterrence and community denunciation were more significant factors than personal deterrence in Monkivitch's circumstances.
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