Child watched mum abused

Last updated 07:50 13/06/2012

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A Blenheim man assaulted his former partner in front of their four-year-old daughter by shaking the woman and verbally abusing her.

Allies Anzac Houia, 29, of Redwoodtown, appeared in Blenheim District Court yesterday where he admitted charges of assaulting a female and wilful damage for breaking a window in May.

Judge Richard Russell said it was the third time Houia had assaulted his former partner. He warned the defendant to keep away from her.

Houia was remanded to July 23 for sentencing for assault, pending a drug and alcohol report.

Sergeant Graham Single said Houia went into his former partner's house and, after banging on the door, entered the bedroom where the child was sleeping with her mother. He began verbally abusing her and the child woke and became upset. Houia "grabbed the woman by the shoulders and told her not to mess with him".

Houia then left the house to get cigarettes, smashing the window as he left. When police arrived the child was tearful, Mr Single said. Houia told police his former partner was "messed up in the head". Nobody was injured.

Neihana James Manawatu, 27, of Kaikoura, appeared in Blenheim District Court on Monday charged with two counts of supplying methamphetamine and five counts of dealing. He was remanded on bail until July 2.

A 39-year-old Blenheim man facing two charges of making an intimate visual recording of another person has been granted interim name suppression at Blenheim District Court. The charges stemmed from an incident in December 2006. He was also charged with possession of cannabis in January this year.

He was remanded on bail to reappear in court on June 20.

Abshishek Hazariwala, 27, of Renwick, was fined $275 plus $132 court costs for careless driving on Kinross St about 3am in April.

Judge Russell had ordered Hazariwala to complete a defensive driving course to avoid being disqualified from driving, which Hazariwala did.

The court had heard Hazariwala was driving two drunk people home and took a sudden sharp turn when ordered to do so from the back seat, squealing his tyres and almost losing control.

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- The Marlborough Express

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