Assault blamed on legal highs
A Nelson man has admitted hitting the mother of his child with a mop handle, causing it to snap in half, because he was annoyed he had run out of legal highs.
Tyre re-treader Sam Onofia, 21, pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court yesterday to one charge of assault with a blunt instrument.
Prosecutor Wayne Johnston told the court that Onofia hit his "on-again off-again" partner, with whom he has a 3-year-old child, with a 1.2 metre long mop handle, which snapped in half during the assault.
She was left with heavy bruising to her legs, back and forearm, Mr Johnston said.
Defence lawyer Luke Acland said the woman was waiting outside the courtroom during Onofia's hearing.
When asked by police why he had lashed out, Onofia said he was "annoyed because he had run out of legal highs".
Judge William Hastings remanded Onofia for sentencing on September 30.
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