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Wanted man in cupboard jailed for two years

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 12/01/2013

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A wanted man found hiding in a cupboard has been sentenced to two years in jail for alcohol-fuelled violence towards women.

Rangi Abraham, 21, pleaded guilty in June to injuring his partner with intent after he punched her, bit her and rendered her unconscious by throttling her.

In the New Plymouth District Court, he also admitted pushing over his partner's nine-month pregnant sister and an additional charge of possession of an offensive weapon, a machete, all of which occurred during a drunken party earlier in June.

While holding the machete, he threatened he would slit his partner's throat.

He already had previous convictions for assaulting her and was warned by the courts that if he laid hands on her again he would be jailed.

After his guilty plea in June, Abraham's sentencing was put off so that he could attend a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme in Rotorua.

But three weeks later he absconded and had been on the run since, hiding out at the homes of friends.

This week Abraham was finally arrested after police found him hiding in a cupboard at the home of one of his friends.

In her victim impact statement, Abraham's partner's sister told Judge Allan Roberts that she feared he would seriously hurt her sister and kids.

The previous week he had punched her in the face and pulled her hair while she was holding their baby.

This had not been reported to police, her sister said.

His partner, in her victim statement, said he was a good father when he was sober but "got really angry" when he was drunk.

Judge Roberts said Abraham's issues continued to be alcohol and drugs.

He behaved "like a neanderthal" when he was drunk and his victims were usually females.

It was incomprehensible that he had assaulted a nine-month pregnant woman.

"Whether you are black, white or polka dot there are people among us that shouldn't drink. You are one of them," the judge said.

Last year, Abraham was mistakenly given bail by a JP and had been deliberately avoiding police since then.

Abraham was jailed for two years and his fines of $1228.56 were remitted.

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