A man who assaulted his partner acted completely out of character and was so intoxicated he could not remember the event, but pleaded guilty to the assault in court on December 14.
Ahu Stanley Taylor, a 36-year-old carpenter, appeared in the Kaikoura District Court, where he also pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful damage.
Defence counsel Mike Hardy-Jones told the court the couple had both been drinking and had unfortunately decided to continue a discussion about the future of their relationship.
According to the summary of facts, the defendant dragged the victim out of the house before kicking a hole in a kitchen cabinet. He then dragged her back into the house where he pinned her down on a bed and strangled her with her scarf, causing red marks and swelling.
Hardy-Jones said Taylor accepted the summary of facts and had already paid for the repair of the cabinet.
Judge Tony Couch gave credit for his early guilty plea, but told Taylor the incident must have been terrifying for his victim.
Taylor was sentenced to 160 hours community work.
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