Man jailed for attacks on partner

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 09:00 19/04/2014

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A man has been sent to prison for breaching protection orders for the 22nd time after a series of events that included assaulting and threatening to shoot his former partner.

In the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday, Jamie Shane Timoti, 38, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 23 months' imprisonment on four charges of breaching protection orders, two of assaulting a female and one of common assault.

Timoti had a protection order taken out against him by a woman in 2003, but in May last year he went to her house late at night and let himself in through a ranch slider.

He used her phone to make calls before she woke and found him.

He became angry when he saw numbers on the phone he didn't recognise, pushed her to the ground, choked her and kicked her multiple times in the legs.

On five other occasions he was either violent towards her or breached protection orders.

During those times, he slapped the woman in the face, punched her car window while wearing a knuckle duster and threatened to shoot her.

Timoti's defence lawyer, Phillip Drummond, said Timoti had three children with the woman, and they were keen to keep in touch with him.

Judge Gerard Lynch told the court the woman was sympathetic towards Timoti's situation.

In her victim impact statement, she said she was relieved he was arrested but recognised he wanted to have a relationship with the children.

The judge said the big thing counting against Timoti was his criminal history, which included five convictions for violence and 18 convictions for breaching protection orders, as well as his lack of remorse.

"You can't have a relationship with your children while using violence against their mother.

"Would you want them to be abusers like you?

"If you have daughters, would you want them to be abused by a man like you?"

The choking assault demonstrated Timoti's perceived dominance over the woman, while the breaches showed a "contemptuous disregard" for protection orders, the judge said.

"You see yourself as not just above your victim, but above the law."

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- Manawatu Standard

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