A woman has told a jury how she was beaten, kidnapped and lost her eye in a series of attacks by her partner.
The woman, whose name is suppressed, gave evidence in the High Court at Napier yesterday in the trial of her former partner, Sio Muliipu, 24.
Crown prosecutor Jo Rielly said the pair had started a relationship in late 2010 and had twins last August. Soon after their birth, Child, Youth and Family became involved, and the woman and children moved out of Hawke's Bay.
But they moved back to Hastings after Muliipu told her he missed her and was thinking of suicide. The children were not allowed to live with him, so stayed with his sister.
On November 20, the day after they returned to Hastings, Muliipu threw a cellphone at the woman, punched her in the head and beat her with a vacuum-cleaner pipe.
Three days later she fled after another assault. She went to Hastings police station and was housed in another part of the city.
On December 5, Muliipu, his brother Time Muliipu, and an unidentified man drove to the house. Muliipu punched the woman, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her downstairs to the car. He continued punching her in the back of the car until they arrived at Time's house.
Mrs Rielly said he dragged her into a bedroom and continued assaulting her. He took a knife, pulled her hair so her head went back and pushed the knife into her head beneath her left eyebrow.
In a police interview played to the court, the woman said she lost sight in the eye immediately and "felt a warm sensation and a lot of blood". The pain was "unexplainable".
Muliipu helped her to the toilet and shower, where he washed her blood from his white shoes, then gave her two Panadol.
She said Muliipu repeatedly threatened to kill her if police came. They arrived at 1pm the next day and arrested Muliipu and his brother.
Muliipu has admitted one charge of assault but denies nine other charges, including kidnap and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Time has pleaded not guilty to being party to kidnap and burglary.
Muliipu's lawyer, Eric Forster, said the injury to the woman's eye was caused when he threw several children's items at her; it was not intentional. He denied any of the other assaults occurred.
A Crown witness, ophthalmologist Philip Macdonald, said the woman suffered a "deep and blinding laceration" that deeply penetrated her eyeball.
It was a clean wound, "almost surgical in nature", and most likely caused by a small sharp knife from above. The chances of the injury being caused by something thrown were "astronomically low".
The trial, before Justice David Collins, is expected to run until Thursday.
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