Children watch as woman beaten

Last updated 09:47 24/01/2014

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Four children witnessed a Timaru man drag a woman by her hair, strangle and beat her, the Timaru District Court has been told.

Terangimatoru Veikoso, 30, yesterday pleaded guilty to assaulting a female. Originally he had pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to injure, attempting to pervert the course of justice and assault with a weapon following a domestic incident on October 1, 2013. However, those charges were amended yesterday.

Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae said Veikoso went to the victim's house at 5pm on Tuesday October 1 last year. Four children under the age of 7 were inside the address watching TV.

"He knocked on the door, she opened it and immediately tried to close it but he put his foot in the door and forced it open. He had a can of bourbon in his hand and a box of cans on the doorstep."

In plain view of the children he punched the victim and grabbed her by the back of her hair. He dragged her down the hall, pushed her against a wall and punched her again to the head. He put his hands around her throat and dragged her down to the floor and punched her numerous times. She lost consciousness and was woken by one of the children.

Veikoso then punched her again about the face before leaving the property.

Veikoso's counsel, John Black, indicated he would be making submissions for home detention when he was sentenced. However, Judge Joanna Maze warned that was not a given.

"My concern is that Mr Veikoso doesn't have any unrealistic hopes or expectations [about getting home detention]."

Veikoso was remanded in custody to March 25 for sentencing. He has been held in custody since the assault in October.

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- The Timaru Herald

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