'Coke-addicted' woman's partner admits charges

Last updated 07:05 04/05/2012

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The man who claimed his partner had died because of an addiction to Coca-Cola has admitted charges of assault and burglary.

Christopher Hodgkinson appeared last week in Invercargill District Court and pleaded guilty to burglary, injuring with intent to injure and assault with a weapon – a knife – stemming from an incident in Invercargill on October 5 last year.

He also admitted two other charges of possession of cannabis oil and intentional damage from March 7.

Judge Kevin Phillips remanded him in custody until August 9, but said he would try to schedule a sentencing at an earlier date if possible.

The death of Hodgkinson's partner, Natasha Harris, made international news last week because he claimed at an inquest that her death was caused by drinking eight litres of Coke a day. The coroner has not released his findings into Ms Harris's death.

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- The Southland Times

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