Court hears pregnant woman held captive, choked until she passed out

A MAN who allegedly choked his pregnant girlfriend until she passed out and then imprisoned her in a house for three days will remain behind bars until at least June. 

According to police documents, David Geoffrey Bragg strangled his victim twice, punched her in the face, slapped her and refused to allow her to go to the hospital.

The 27-year-old appeared before the magistrate, Terry Lucas, on Wednesday and was refused bail. 

Outside of Orange Local Court on Thursday, police prosecutor Sergeant Andy Bobin said he hoped the case would send a clear message to victims of domestic violence. 

“You will have the full support of police if you come forward to report these matters,” he said.

“Hopefully this encourages other people to not keep matters hidden.”

Bail was refused because Bragg was a “serial offender of violence” and for the protection of the victim and the community.

Sergeant Bobin laid a strictly indictable charge against Bragg, which means his case must be resolved in the District Court where there are “tougher and more serious penalties”.

Police facts said Bragg punched his girlfriend in the face after she hit him when he screamed at her and a friend at a house in Pimpala Place on Saturday, April 19.

He then pushed her to the ground and strangled her until she passed out, police said. 

After she woke up he then allegedly dragged her by the hand to their home in Davidson Place where he choked her again. 

She told police she fell in and out of sleep and woke constantly in extreme pain and begged Bragg to take her to the hospital.

Over the next three days Bragg prevented her from leaving the house or going to see a doctor, police facts said. 

On the Tuesday she managed to send her mother a text and police turned up at the Davidson Place home to find her shaking and crying and with a bruised face, neck and swollen lip. 

“Her injuries are quite serious and her recovery, and her injuries, are still being monitored,” Sergeant Bobin said. 

Bragg is due before court again on June 12.

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