Man admits assaulting woman with spade

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 13:30 19/06/2014

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A man who said he moved away from Palmerston North to keep out of trouble has found himself back in the city's court after assaulting a woman with a spade.

Hughie Waki Marino was 25 years old in 2010 when he became emotional while telling a trial in the Palmerston North District Court how he wanted to turn his life around.

At the time, he was serving a jail term for his part in the aggravated robbery of the Cloverlea TAB in 2005.

"I've got my family now and my work, I don't want to be here. I've moved away from Palmerston North to get away from all of this," he said while giving evidence during the trial of one of his co-offenders.

But in the same court this morning, Marino pleaded guilty to assaulting police, wilful damage, disorderly behaviour and wilful damage.

On June 2 he was outside his address in Palmerston North when his partner arrived home in a car.

Police were following close behind and arrested her, which Marino took offence to.

He started being aggressive towards police, swearing at them and swinging his arms in a threatening manner.

Police told him he was under arrest, but he kicked and pushed an officer before he was arrested.

Four days later Marino and his partner were having drinks at their home when they got into an argument.

Marino became angry, so his partner went to leave.

When she did this, he kicked her in the back.

Once she got outside she picked up a spade, and used it to defend herself when Marino lunged at her.

She split his lip open, before dropping the spade and apologising. 

In response, Marino picked up the spade, chased her, and then hit her multiple times with it - causing severe bruising on her legs and a cut on her head - after she slipped over.

She eventually managed to get away, fleeing to a nearby house.

Marino could not get inside the house, so he threw two beer bottles through some windows.

Police arrested him soon after.

Judge Gerard Lynch remanded Marino until August for sentencing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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