Murder charge dropped on man's malicious acts

AN attempted murder charge has been dropped after a Sunshine Coast man admitted to lesser assault offences against a woman.

James Darren Dower, 46, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm that did cause said harm.

He was initially charged with attempting to murder the 41-year-old woman, with the Sunshine Coast Daily earlier reporting he stabbed the woman in the mouth in August last year.

Both offences occurred at Warana - the assault on August 21, 2015, and the malicious act on August 23.

They were labelled domestic violence which could mean a higher sentence.

The domestic violence aggravation factor is a recent addition under new laws the Palaszczuk government introduced to make domestic violence offenders more culpable.

"The amendment reflects community attitudes about the seriousness of criminal offences that occur in a domestic and family context and makes these offenders more accountable," explanatory notes to the relevant bill say.

Barrister Steve Courtney sought a lengthy adjournment date because he planned to obtain psychological and psychiatric reports.

Dower will be sentenced on December 13. - ARM NEWSDESK