Battered woman struck man with car

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 16:16 19/09/2012

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A Christchurch woman's drug-free lifestyle has earned her a home detention sentence two years after she used a car in an attack on her partner after a domestic dispute.

The man was struck twice in the incident in Bromley in July 2010 and was taken to hospital for treatment for cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

Antoinette Kiriana Flattery-Donohoe, 30, was appearing for a Christchurch District Court sentencing after admitting a charge of injuring the man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett said the incident happened at the end of an abusive relationship in which Flattery-Donohoe had been verbally abused, physically threatened, and with alcohol involved at the time.

The victim had not co-operated in the preparation of a victim impact report and had not assisted the police in the prosecution.

Garrett acknowledged Flattery-Donohoe had failed to answer her bail for her sentencing last year, but there had been no re-offending and there had been a "distinct improvement" with her now drug-free and with reduced alcohol use.

The court was told earlier that she had returned to Christchurch to face her sentencing.

Judge Raoul Neave said the man had been hit twice, once with him being thrown up on to the car's bonnet. His injuries were relatively minor.

He noted an extensive history of domestic violence against Flattery-Donohoe at the hands of the complainant and other men in her life.

"It is not an excuse for what happened, but it puts you in a situation where you are inclined to see dangers where dangers don't exist."

He reduced the woman's sentence because of the circumstances of the offence including battered woman syndrome, her lack of previous offending, and her significant progress in building a healthier and happier life for her and her children.

He congratulated Flattery-Donohoe for the changes and sentenced her to nine months of home detention at a Hoon Hay address with an order that she attend counselling and treatment as directed.

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