A man accused of assaulting an eight-month pregnant woman during an alleged home invasion says he did not know she was pregnant, a jury has heard.
Daniel Waka Minogue was yesterday giving evidence at a Nelson District Court trial where he faces charges related to an allegedly gang-related home invasion in Canvastown last year.
Minogue, James Samuel Kiriona, his younger brother Joshua Jade Kiriona, and Tuwhare Hoani Mana Pui deny all charges relating to the September 24 incident.
Hayley Kramer gave evidence last week saying a masked man entered her Te Hora Pa Rd home demanding pills, waking her 8-year-old daughter in the process.
She told the court she had told him "look at me, I'm pregnant", and yelled at him to leave.
The man, whom the Crown said was Minogue, then kicked her in her stomach.
In court yesterday, Minogue said he did not know she was pregnant.
"I didn't realise [Kramer] was pregnant until later when she said ‘I'm pregnant'."
He admitted pushing Kramer away with his foot but said it was because he "needed to create a gap between me and her because she had a knife".
"She wasn't carving up a steak so you could only assume she was probably coming to stab me."
He pushed her away with his foot in the hip as she came towards him with the knife, he said.
He said he was taken aback when he saw Kramer's daughter.
"I just freaked out.
"I have kids of my own and I could understand how she was feeling."
Minogue then watched Kramer pick up a phone and he gathered she was calling the police.
He heard her say "help", he said.
He told his defence counsel Tim Spear that he did not burgle the house and threaten to kill anyone.
"I don't make threats."
While he grew up with friends in the Mongrel Mob, Black Power and other bike gangs, he had never been a patched member of the Mongrel Mob, he said.
Spear asked whether Minogue entered the property for any pills, tobacco, cannabis or money.
Minogue said "I'm not into that s***".
Last week Kramer gave evidence describing seeing her partner, Reginald "Reg" Mischeski, being repeatedly hit over the head with a pair of steel garden loppers during the incident.
Minogue said it was the other way around.
"I spun around and saw Mischeski take one swing and hit my mate [Pui]
"[I asked] why did you smash my mate over the head?
"Mischeski was trying to rip me off. "I said let's get out of here [because] we have nothing to do with that s***."
He then jumped over the porch, ran down the driveway and got in the car before driving home to Nelson, he said.
Once he was back in Nelson, he said he went to Joshua Kiriona's house to get answers to what had happened earlier that day.
The trial is expected to finish tomorrow.
- The Nelson Mail