Man accused of assaulting fiancee

Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014

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An Albert Town man charged with stomping on his fiancee's face appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Ross Malcolm McGregor, 28, a mechanic, appeared for trial before Judge Michael Turner charged with injuring with intent to injure and assault with intent to injure on September 20.

Prosecutor Sergeant Ian Collin said the police case contended that McGregor assaulted his then-fiancee when she woke him after an evening out. She was punched to the floor, her head stomped on and she was dragged to a bedroom by her hair, he said.

McGregor's lawyer, Mike Newell, said his client claimed he was acting in self-defence and that it was McGregor who was assaulted.

McGregor's former fiancee, Amanda Barrow, told the court she was unable to recall exactly how the alleged assault started but she remembered being on the lounge floor.

McGregor was on top of her punching her face, she said.

"I remember him grabbing my arm and he ripped the curtains down off the wall. I just remember a foot coming towards me and it connected with my chin."

After this, she said, he dragged her backwards by the hair down a hallway to a bedroom. "I remember him grabbing my hair and just pulling me, dragged me and I felt so weak and I felt so, you know, scared."

Barrow told the court she left the house on a bike but returned a short time later. In the early hours, she went to her parents' home.

When questioned by Newell, she said she accepted that the relationship was strained and there was jealousy on both sides.

Newell said McGregor claimed he was asleep on the couch and woke with Barrow on top of him, grabbing him by the neck.

He said he tried to grab her in defence and she squeezed his neck, claims that she denied.

Newell said Barrow claimed the couple fell off the couch on to the floor and then went to the bedroom on her own. Barrow also accepted references from previous fact summaries to convictions regarding two former boyfriends, including incidents in which she bit and headbutted them.

"You lost control that night. You assaulted him [McGregor]. There was no pulling you by the hair as you allege," Newell said.

However, Barrow said she was pulled and that she was defending herself.

The judge adjourned the case until later this year.

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- The Southland Times

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