Man admits assaults on mother, stepfather
Four days after his jury trial began, a man has pleaded guilty to assaults on his mother and stepfather at their Christchurch home.
Douglas James Archer's pleas were entered before Judge Alistair Garland in the Christchurch District Court today after the trial had been halted for nearly two days when a legal issue arose.
Archer, 59, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of theft and intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to June Geary, 80, and her husband, Arthur Eaton, 72.
He was discharged on a charge of burglary.
When the charges of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm were read to him, Archer said he was pleading guilty "with some reluctance".
The judge remanded him in custody for sentencing on November 19.
The elderly couple were found injured in their St Martins home after what the Crown alleged was an armed visit by Archer in March last year.
Geary alleged Archer had beaten her with a club, and a statement from Eaton - read to the court because he has since died - said Archer had attacked him with a pair of scissors and a cut-throat razor.
When Archer was spotted by police and approached in Linwood Park a few days after the attack, he cut his neck with a craft knife before being subdued and taken to hospital.