Strangulation of partner admitted

Last updated 09:14 12/08/2014

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A Blenheim man has admitted strangling his partner to the point of unconsciousness in a Blenheim motel.

Levi James Brian Smith, 25, a welder, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday where he admitted two charges of injuring with intent and one of possessing an offensive weapon.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Smith and his 23-year-old partner had been in a relationship for about four months when they went out drinking on July 13.

About 2am they returned to their unit at Bings Motel with friends, where they continued drinking.

Smith became angry and began ranting and raving, causing their associates to leave.

The victim then approached Smith about his behaviour, and he grabbed her around the neck and held it to the point where she nearly lost consciousness.

She managed to get away and lock herself in a bathroom, before Smith got to her, grabbed her and dragged her across the floor.

He strangled her again, this time rendering the woman unconscious.

When she woke up she felt dizzy and made her way out of the unit and to the Blenheim Police Station to report the assault.

When police arrived at the motel Smith was asleep with a large kitchen knife and an umbrella on the table next to him, and a large fork in the bed with him.

He had to be tasered to release the knife.

When he spoke to police he denied the assault had taken place.

His partner suffered a haematoma to one eye, haemorrhaging to both eyes and bruising to her face and body.

Smith was convicted and remanded for sentence on September 2.

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