Kevin Peter Cresswell was convicted and ordered to come up for sentencing if called within six months when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday on a charge of common assault.
His lawyer Kent Arnott said the matter had been one which was supposed to be resolved through restorative justice, but the victim did not want to participate.
Judge Denys Barry said the incident happened when Cresswell had been drinking with his stepdaughter and she drove home.
He became concerned about her driving, trying to stop the vehicle at one stage, and tried to get the keys off her when they arrived home.
She threw the keys at him and he pushed her to the ground. The scuffle continued as they went inside and concerned occupants called the police.
Cresswell was also ordered to pay court costs of $130.
Other cases in court on Tuesday:
Terry David Paaske was remanded on bail without plea on four charges, until November 11. Paaske is facing one charge of resisting police, one of wilful trespass, one of disorderly behaviour and one of injuring with intent to injure.
Steven Ben Bullen, 30, was remanded without plea on one charge of wilful damage and one of male assaults female.
He will reappear on November 11.
Curtis Byron Head was remanded without plea on bail until November 11. He is facing one charge of breaching his community work.
Metua Aberahama was convicted and discharged after pleading guilty to one charge of breaching his supervision.
Quade Honey was sentenced to 50 hours community work after he breached his parole conditions.
Leeanah Jade Menzies-Stuart was further remanded with bail to continue until November 5 on a charge of common assault.
- The Marlborough Express