Boy, 9, intervened to stop meth-using offender from throttling his mother
Fuelled by methamphetamine and synthetic cannabis, a man says he has little memory of the domestic violence he put his partner through.
On Wednesday Andre Dustin Mccluggage was jailed for four breaches of a protection order, the latest in a spree of offending this year which targeted the same woman.
The New Plymouth District Court heard how police had attended 12 family violence call-outs involving the couple since January this year and that Mccluggage had previously been to prison and ordered to do community work for other offending, including assault.
Judge Chris Sygrove said two of the protection order breaches were committed on July 23 after he went to the victim's home and smashed her cell phone.
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While on bail for this offending, Mccluggage returned to the victim's address on August 20 and pushed the woman to the ground before climbing on top of her. Sygrove said the defendant put his hands around the victim's throat and applied pressure.
The victim was still able to yell out and as a result her nine-year-old son came out of his bedroom and intervened.
"He began kicking you, yelling at you to let his mother go," Sygrove told the Mccluggage.
The judge said Mccluggage claimed to have little recall of his violent behaviour due to his level of drug abuse. Sygrove said despite being upset her son had seen the assault, the victim only wanted the best for the defendant.
"She says that you don't deserve to be in prison and she wants to support you to make life changes."
Lawyer Josie Mooney said Mccluggage was "highly motivated" to address his use of methamphetamine and synthetic cannabis.
Mooney said her client wanted the opportunity to get drug treatment which had been offered to him by the probation service but accepted a jail term may be imposed first.
Sergeant Lewis Sutton said Mccluggage's last three convictions of male assaults female, common assault and wilful damage involved the same victim. He said a community based sentence, which had been recommended by the probation service, was not appropriate and sought a prison term of six months.
Sygrove sentenced Mccluggage to four months' jail and also imposed six months' post detention conditions, which will allow him to access assistance for his drug problems.