Home detention for mallet attack

Last updated 10:39 27/03/2013

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An Auckland woman who admitted using a rubber mallet to hit a man who later died when his wound became infested with maggots has been spared a jail sentence.

Natalie van Breugel, 45, was sentenced in the Auckland High Court this morning to 12 months' home detention.

She was also ordered to complete 400 hours community service and undergo treatment for alcohol addiction.

Van Breugel, also known as Natalie Reader, was originally charged with manslaughter but pleaded guilty in December to a reduced charge of wounding with intent to injure.

She attacked high-flying Auckland car salesman, Lance Bain, on November 17 after a deal over a vehicle soured and she found a text from another woman on his phone, the court was told.

Bain, who was an alcoholic, received a cut to his shin during the attack, which later became infected causing his death.

The court was told Bain was drunk and in bed at his Ranui, West Auckland, home when he was attacked, and van Breugel beat him up and down his body with the mallet, which is normally used for hammering in tent pegs, causing bruising and the wound to his leg.

Bain left the house and was later stopped by police who booked him for drink driving. They offered him treatment for his leg, which he refused.

He drank his way through his illness and was admitted to hospital 11 days later with his leg wound infested with maggots, the court was told.

He died of sepsis on December 3.

After Bain died, the coroner asked police to investigate the chain of events that led to his death.

It is understood van Breugel and Bain were in a relationship.

Bain's Linked In profile listed him as senior advisor and consultant for Bain Group Property, Vehicle and Investment Consultants. It listed his previous job as director of Paritai Car Consultants, Paritai Drive.

It's understood he owned property in the area but shortly before his death had suffered major financial loss.

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