A man who died seven days after he was struck with a pepper grinder had hit the woman charged with his manslaughter with the same grinder, a High Court jury in Invercargill was told yesterday.
The woman, who has interim name suppression, has admitted striking the Invercargill man, her former partner, with a pepper grinder on June 4 last year but has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, claiming self-defence. The woman's daughter continued giving evidence yesterday morning - day two of the trial - agreeing that her mother had told her after the incident that the man had hit her with a pepper grinder before she hit him with it.
Her mother had a massive lump on her head, she said.
The woman's daughter said when she arrived at her mother's house, soon after her mother had struck the man with the pepper grinder, the man was lying on the floor of the dining room.
He looked dazed and sat up. He had a swollen jaw and a cut under his left eye, she said.
"I asked him if he was all right and he sort of nodded his head but he looked really out of it."
After cleaning blood from the man's face with a wet towel, she lay the man back down on the floor, she said.
An ambulance arrived soon after and took the man to Southland Hospital, where he died of his head injuries seven days later.
The daughter said she left her mother's home after the ambulance arrived and later received a text from her mother saying:
"He f...in' hit me with a black shaker [pepper grinder] so I smashed the c....
"F... him, he's a jealous old c...."
The witness said the man had quite often been violent towards her mother when he had been drinking.
"He was crazy when he was drunk . . . he got violent, really violent, quite scary violent and he wouldn't give up.
"He just went on and on and on," the witness said.
On one occasion, he had picked a bottle of wine off the table and thrown it at her mother and, on another, held the woman against the wall and choked her until she was almost passing out, the daughter said.
"He sort of gets that angry he blacks out and doesn't realise what he is doing, and snaps out of it," she said.
Her mother drank a lot of alcohol but was a happy drinker, and not violent, she said.
The trial, before Justice Whata and a 12-person jury, continues today.
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