Knife fighting couple 'working on it'

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 11:46 25/08/2014
Shontelle Vinita Marie Prasad
KNIFE THROWER: Shontelle Vinita Marie Prasad, 21, has admitted throwing a knife which lodged in the skull of her partner.
MARK BURTON
THE PARTNER: Mark Burton has seemingly forgiven his partner for embedding a knife in his skull.

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A 21-year-old woman has admitted throwing a knife which lodged in the skull of her partner, but the couple is now "working on the relationship".

Shontelle Vinita Marie Prasad, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to her partner with reckless disregard for his safety.

Defence counsel Serina Bailey told the Christchurch District Court that the couple was working on therelationship and parenting their baby together. Prasad had given birth to their baby since the incident.

Police prosecutor David Rusbatch said the partner asked Prasad to pick him up from a friend's house on August 2, because he had been drinking. They had an argument and he pushed her face into the car window, bruising her.

Later he was lying on the couch and Prasad took his cell phone and called a woman who had been contacting him. The woman didn't answer her, and she picked up a 30cm knife and threw it at her partner. The knife lodged in his skull and he spent several hours in hospital under observation.

Judge John Strettell lifted her name suppression order, and remanded Prasad on bail for sentencing on October 29. He ordered a report to assess Prasad's suitability for a home detention sentence, and a victim impact report.

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