Man admits threats to kill former partner

Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
James Arthur Brown
Fairfax NZ
ADMITTED TWO CHARGES: James Arthur Brown appeared in the Christchurch District Court in a wheelchair today.

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A man who arrived in court wearing medical moon boots has admitted threatening to kill a woman.

In a previous court appearance, 47-year-old James Arthur Brown admitted charges of using a knife as a weapon in an assault on a man and intentionally damaging a tyre belonging to the same man. He denied charges of threatening to kill a woman and assaulting her.

In a case review hearing in the Christchurch District Court today, police said they would withdraw the assault charge in exchange for the St Albans labourer's third guilty plea.

Brown, in a wheelchair and wearing moon boots for medical reasons, then admitted to threatening to kill his partner of seven months on February 13.

Judge David Saunders remanded Brown on bail until August 5 for sentence on all three charges, after ordering a pre-sentence report and a fresh victim impact statement from the woman.

Her initial impact statement said she was "traumatised" after Brown's actions, but "not scared" of him.

"I do not want him to go to jail. I want him to get some help," she said.

Representing himself, Brown said he was no longer in a relationship with the woman but they were still friends.

Police arrested Brown at Christchurch Hospital after he had allegedly been run over in a Riccarton car park.

A friend of Brown's told The Press he was run over by a car driven by associates of his former partner.

In court yesterday, the judge asked Brown if the injuries that led to him being wheelchair-bound were permanent .

Brown said: "I have two broken heels . . . screws in each heel. It is not permanent."

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