Brazier sentenced for assaults on partners

Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier has been sentenced to community work and intensive supervision for assaults on two women.

Brazier, 61, was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today for two counts of male assaults female and one count of common assault.

Judge Grant Fraser said the singer's criminal history showed he had "long-standing dependency/addiction to substances".

He had convictions reaching back to the early 1980s, the judge said.

"Given the life-style, it's hardly surprising."

The assaults on his former partner occurred August 2009 and July 2010.

He grabbed her by the throat and threw her onto a bed on  one occasion and grabbed her and threw her into a pile of boxes on another.

The third charge related to his current partner and involved him grabbing her by the neck and pushing her away.

The former partner has since moved to Hastings.

Brazier's lawyer Adam Couchman said Brazier and his current partner were "still very much together".

Brazier had engaged with alcohol and drug dependency services and the forecast looked "reasonably bright", Couchman said.

"It's a situation where he is moving forward."

Judge Fraser agreed Brazier had made the right fist steps but he wanted judicial monitoring of his progress.

"You're at the start of the journey but you've got a long way to go. Quite clearly alcohol and drugs is one of your issues, violence is another."

He sentenced Brazier to 18 months' intensive supervision with three-monthly reports and 100 hours community work.

He was also ordered to undergo any programmes ordered by probation.

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