An Australian couple on holiday visited a new destination yesterday - court - after they assaulted each other in Queenstown.
Tamara Kate Norton and Marcus Daniel Grainger, both 27, appeared before Judge Jane Farish.
Norton was ordered to pay $3000 to Women's Refuge for assault with intent to injure while Grainger was ordered to pay $500 to Women's Refuge for assaulting a female.
Judge Farish said alcohol and being tourists were not excuses and their offending was serious, appalling violence.
"If you come here as a tourist you behave as we would expect others to behave and if you don't you can expect consequences.
"The level of domestic violence between these two is unacceptable."
The court was told the pair will return to Australia on Friday.
The police summary of facts, which was not read in court, says the pair were both drinking in their Queenstown hotel room when an argument started on July 31.
Norton punched Grainger with a closed fist to his right cheek and he retaliated by pushing her to the floor, it says.
Norton's head hit the side of a couch catching her earring, which immediately began to bleed as the earring had torn through her ear, the summary says.
Grainger lit a cigarette and started to smoke it but while he was distracted Norton stubbed it out on his right cheek, it says.
Police arrived shortly after.
Norton suffered a tear in her ear that required medical attention and ongoing treatment, the summary says.
Grainger suffered a small cut under his right eye and a minor burn from the cigarette. He did not require any medical attention, it says.
Norton told police she was responsible for Grainger's injuries and Norton told police his offending was a reaction of self defence after being punched in the face.
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