Man denies assault with knife

Last updated 07:29 02/04/2014

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A 54-year-old man accused of assaulting a pregnant woman with a knife admits lying in an interview with police, but denies the assault.

During the second day of a jury trial against Mark William Morris Gould in the Blenheim District Court yesterday, the Blenheim man said he had lied to police about his motive for approaching the victim of the attack because he did not want to get anyone else into trouble.

Police have charged him with assault with a weapon after an incident on December 29, 2012, when Gould went to a Blenheim house to confront a tenant about $20,000 worth of cannabis, which was stolen from his live-in carer.

He originally told police he was looking for the tenant because he had been picking on his carer's son, but yesterday admitted lying because the cannabis was not his, and he did not want to get anyone into trouble.

The pair had discovered his carer's son had stolen the cannabis, and it had subsequently been stolen from him by a resident of the house, the court heard.

When Gould arrived at the house on December 29, the tenant he was looking for was not home.

It is alleged Gould held a knife to the tenant's pregnant partner's throat, asking her where her partner was, and where the cannabis was.

The carer and an associate arrived at the address not long after Gould.

She said Gould did not have a knife and did not touch the victim, but said she and her associate had attacked the woman while Gould was searching the house for his partner.

In court yesterday, the carer admitted pulling the victim by her hair, and grabbing her by the throat, which could explain finger marks left on her neck, she said.

She has been convicted on a charge of assault with intent to injure following the incident.

Her associate, however, who was called as a witness by the Crown in court yesterday, said she had seen Gould with the knife, after initially denying seeing a knife.

The change in her statement came when she realised she wanted to sort out her life and be honest, she said.

Gould maintains he did not touch the victim during the incident, and said he did not see the attack by his associates on the woman.

He faces a further two charges, of assault with intent to injure, and wilfully intending to pervert the course of justice.

The hearing was to continue this morning.

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