18 domestic violence calls over weekend

04:54, Jul 15 2014

A man who confronted his family with a machete was one of 18 domestic violence incidents in what Invercargill police called a disappointing weekend.

Police subdued the man, armed with a machete and a bat, in the early hours of Sunday. Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle said police and a police dog were called to an Invercargill house at 3.45am.

"When police staff arrived at the scene, they were met by a male with a bat and a machete. However, when police and a dog confronted him he complied and was arrested," she said.

The 43-year-old man appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and multiple threat charges.

Yesterday, the Invercargill armed offenders squad was called after a man threatened a woman at the Brown St Dairy with a Taser. The woman was in her car when she was verbally threatened by a man in a separate car wearing a balaclava, Windle said.

The man was known to the woman, she said. He pointed what the woman believed was a torch towards her but the item was sparking.

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"It is now believed it was a Taser," Windle said. A police negotiator contacted the offender by telephone and he eventually met police and was arrested.

The 40-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with threatening to kill, unlawfully carrying a restricted weapon and unlawfully possessing a restricted weapon.

In another incident, a 31-year- old man was charged after allegedly assaulting a pregnant female on Friday night. He faced charges of injuring with intent to injure, and possessing cannabis and utensils for smoking cannabis.

The number of family violence incidents has police urging anyone who may be victims or potential victims of violence to reach out for help.

"They should call 111 if they are worried about themselves or their family," Windle said.

If people did not want to contact police, there were other options including the Women's Refuge, she said. "We want people to get help before they become victims."

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