Jail for trying to strangle daughter

Last updated 07:50 07/08/2012

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A 35-year-old Southland man who attempted to strangle his nine-year-old daughter was last week sent to jail.

The man, who has interim name suppression until August 10, appeared in Invercargill District Court before Judge Michael Turner for assaulting a female, behaving in a threatening manner, assault with intent to injure and assaulting a child at Nightcaps on April 25, driving with a breath alcohol level of 957mcg, failing to give his name and address to an officer and driving while forbidden on June 10.

He was sentenced to 16 months' jail and disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Judge Turner said the man was intoxicated and had slapped his partner in the head.

His partner later asked two of his children to do the dishes but the man said it was their bedtime, he said.

The man became angry and grabbed his nine-year-old, dragged her into her bedroom yelling and swearing and pushed her on to the bed, Judge Turner said.

He placed his hands around her neck and slapped her legs and head, he said.

No-one received any physical injuries as a result. The man was apologetic and told police he had been drinking, he said.

“You attempted to strangle your nine-year-old child. It was only fortunate she was not harmed at all, at least in a physical way.”

The man's lawyer Kate McHugh said he was remorseful and did not think of himself as a violent man.

Intentional damage
Michael Williams, 38, butcher, of East Gore, was remanded till September 11 for sentence for intentionally damaging a vehicle, damaging a house with intent to intimidate or annoy a person, possessing an offensive weapon which showed an intention to use it to commit an offence involving the threat of violence or the fear of violence, and possessing a firearm without a licence at Gore on June 25.

Lennon Donald Auckram, 24, roading worker, was sentenced to four months' home detention and ordered to pay $600 emotional harm reparation for intentionally damaging a vehicle and threatening to kill on May 30 and breaching release conditions on February 14.

Joshua John Sedon, 24, of Riverton, was sentenced to 16 months' jail and ordered to pay reparation for intentionally damaging a window on June 12, stealing a phone and a vehicle on July 11, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and breaching community work on April 21, and re-sentenced on another theft charge. He was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden and possessing alcohol in a public place on July 11 and April 21.

Assault
Patsy Michelle McCormack, 29, was remanded till September 13 for sentence for assault on July 4.

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Rachel Jane Mareraki, 27, of Christchurch, was sentenced to 175 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered to pay $200 emotional harm reparation for assault and wilfully trespassing on June 2.

Omitted to disclose
Kirsty Amanda Price, 25, of Lumsden, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work for obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception by omitting to say her child was no longer dependent on her from October 25, 2010 to August 6, last year.

Theft
Daniel James Lemmen, 21, was remanded till September 26 for sentence in Gore for stealing a cellphone valued at $150 on July 22.

Tyson Gene Grennell, 24, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for stealing shoes valued at $15 from The Warehouse on July 27.

Cannabis
Barry Kevin Hughes, 35, was remanded till November 8 for sentence on two charges of possessing cannabis for the purpose of sale and one charge of selling cannabis between May 20 and June 22.

Burglary
Robert Nicolas Andrews, 33, was remanded till September 11 for sentence for burglary on July 23.

Breach
Kanyn Peter Eastley-Rautahi, 19, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching community work on July 10.

Regan Joseph Andy Hutchinson, 24, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching intensive supervision at Hamilton on June 15.

Peter McGregor, 37, of Mataura, was sentenced to 8 months' jail for two charges of breaching a protection order on April 5 and 6 at Mataura, possessing cannabis and possessing utensils on April 6 at Mataura and breaching release conditions.

Narina Michelle Harris, 45, was remanded till September 11 for sentence for breaching community work on June 29.

Drink-driving
Jaimie Elizabeth Lawson, 31, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 531mcg on July 27.

Adam Ethan Payne, 22, was remanded till September 11 for sentence for driving with a blood alcohol level of 246mg on June 2.

Matthew Raymond James Wesney, 18, fined $600 and and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 131mg on May 27.

- The Southland Times

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