Man pleads guilty to punching and biting his partner

Last updated 12:46 03/12/2013

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A 26-year-old Springlands man was remanded for sentencing in the Blenheim District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to a charge of assault with intent to injure and another of wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Jim Wiremu Grant, a cleaner, had been in an on-again off-again relationship with the victim for two years.

The pair were at home on September 22 when they began arguing about their relationship about 2am.

Grant decided to sleep in the car and then became angry when the victim did not go out to see him. He went back inside where they continued to argue.

He then threatened to leave and began packing his bags.

His partner made no attempt to stop him and got up to go to the toilet.

Grant then followed her and grabbed her by her hair before punching and biting her in the face. He then slapped her in the face numerous times before she managed to get away.

She tried to call police, but Grant followed her, grabbed her cellphone and smashed it on the ground.

The victim then ran to a neighbour's house and called police.

Judge Tony Zohrab convicted Grant following after his guilty pleas and he will reappear on January 27. The charge of assault with intent to injure had been amended from a charge of injuring with intent.


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- The Marlborough Express

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