A MAN who threatened to kill his wife while holding meat cleavers to her neck has been given a good behaviour bond.
The man, who does not speak English, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to the offending.
The court heard on the afternoon of September 6, 2018, the woman received an aggressive phone call from her husband while she was out with a friend.
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The woman returned home to find her husband alcohol-affected.
The man grabbed the woman's phone, throwing it and destroying the mobile.
The woman went to hug the man and he grabbed her by the throat before pushing her onto the ground.
The woman got up to kiss the man and he pushed her to the ground again
As she got up to move away, the man punched his wife to the back of her left ear. The court heard the woman felt dizzy from the assault.
The man then grabbed two meat cleavers and put them on each side of her neck.
The man said he was going to kill her before she managed to move away, terrified.
She went to a house a couple of doors down the street and police arrived to speak with her.
Officers went to the man's home and noted he smelled of alcohol.
The man was arrested and taken to the police station for interview, but it was not held due to the language barrier.
The defence lawyer said the man had no prior convictions and had not been charged since these matters.
Magistrate Patrick Southey said the offending was a "terribly serious incident that must never happen again".
Mr Southey said the charges warranted a community corrections order but the language barrier would make it "logistically difficult" for the man to complete such an order.
The man was convicted and sentenced to a two-year good behaviour bond. He was also ordered to pay $1000 to the court fund.
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