Assailant 'totally lost control'

18:26, Nov 06 2012

A 35-year-old Riverton man who pushed a 10-year-old girl across a room, dragged a 16-year-old girl over broken glass and swung an axe around was yesterday told by a judge he had "totally lost control of himself".

Tiaki Maikara Waihiki appeared in Invercargill District Court yesterday on two charges of assault with intent to injure, assaulting a child and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a log-splitting axe, which showed an intention to use it to com- mit an offence involving bodily injury.

He was sentenced to five months' home detention and 200 hours' community work.

The police summary of facts says Waihiki was at home with his partner, their 2-year-old son, the 10-year-old daughter of his partner and his 16-year-old niece. Also there were his partner's 9-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son.

Waihiki and his partner were drinking when an argument broke out and his partner pushed him in the face, which angered him and he pushed her in the chest causing her to fall, the summary says.

Her son, who had witnessed the assault, grabbed him and held him down on the couch to restrain him, it says.


He was let off the couch and he ran to a bedroom where he shut himself inside while arguing through the door with the 18-year-old.

Waihiki's partner called her father to come and pick her son up and Waihiki hid in the garage.

After the pair had left he went back inside with an axe yelling at his partner and blaming her for her son hitting him.

He told her he was going to cut her legs off and after further swearing and arguing he swung the axe in her direction, it says.

She jumped on him and he grabbed her, slammed her onto the ground and began punching her when the couple's 2-year-old came out of the bedroom crying, the summary says.

The 16-year-old girl came to the woman's aid and attempted to pull Waihiki off her but she was thrown up against cupboards in the kitchen, punched in the face, dragged by her legs over broken glass on the floor and on to a deck, which he then threw her off and she landed on the stone driveway on her head, the summary says.

He followed her and kicked her about three times to her hips and lower back before she managed to run to the neighbour's house to get help.

Waihiki went back into the house where he was confronted by the 10-year-old girl who asked him why he was hitting the others.

He yelled it was "adult stuff" and grabbed her with two hands by the front of her shirt and pushed her across the room where she landed on the floor, it says.

He left the house but was later found by police and said he had been assaulted by the 18-year-old, the axe was for protection because he had heard his partner say she was going to stab him and he had assaulted the 10-year-old because he heard her say she wished her brother had stabbed him, the summary says.

Waihiki's partner suffered extensive facial bruising and swelling and soreness; the 16-year-old sore shoulders, back, hips, legs and bottom as well as cuts and abrasions and a sore head; the 10-year-old a sore head.

Waihiki's lawyer John Fraser said the whole incident was out of character for him and he was extremely remorseful.

Judge Phillips said he had totally lost control and put people who had trusted him in danger of serious injury.

"Domestic violence is always serious . . . I don't consider you are remorseful at all."

The Southland Times