A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 11 months in jail for hitting his partner in the face with a dog chain.
Te Mana Parekura Manawatu admitted a charge of assault with intent to injure and two charges of assaulting a female when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.
He cried as Judge Ian Mill read the summary of facts.
The assaults took place last month in Kaikoura.
Manawatu and his 17-year-old partner had been drinking at a friend's house on August 14. His partner went home before him and when he got home, he was drunk and agitated, Judge Mill said.
He pulled his partner out of bed and threw her to the ground, before punching her in the head.
He then grabbed a metal dog chain and hit her around the face and head as she lay on the ground, trying to protect herself.
As she lay on the floor, he stomped on her head several times before going to bed.
As a result of the assault, his partner had swelling and bruising to her left ear, to the left side of her face, and her left eye area. Two days later as the couple were leaving their house, he picked up one of his shoes and hit his partner in the face several times. His partner, who was already in pain from the earlier assault, broke down in tears.
The following day as they were walking on West End, Kaikoura, Manawatu put his hands around her head and attempted to gouge her eyes out following an argument. He told her not to scream or he would bite her face.
His partner went to a social worker and police were called.
Judge Mill said Manawatu's behaviour was dangerous and disgraceful. He was surprised to learn Manawatu's partner still wanted to be in a relationship.
"You are a danger to women, those who you are in a relationship with," he said.
"You have got to change."
He sentenced him to 11 months in prison for the intent to injure charge and six months on two charges of assaulting a female, to be served concurrently.
- The Marlborough Express