By: Chris McMahon, Townsville Bulletin

QUEENSLAND – More than 18 people have been accused of choking their partners in Townsville since police were given the power earlier this year to lay charges over the offence.

Police say it is common in domestic violence, with some people choked to the point of losing consciousness.

State Parliament passed laws in April making non-fatal strangulation and suffocation a new offence in Queensland which could see offenders jailed for seven years.

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Original Article: Police use new choking charges in domestic violence cases in Townsville