Assault victim was holding child

Last updated 07:20 21/01/2013

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A man who grabbed his partner by the neck while she was holding her child was sentenced in Balclutha District Court last week.

Misifosa Aleni, 22, appeared before Judge Roy Wade on two charges of assault with intent to injure, assaulting a female and assault using an electric cord as a weapon on October 25.

He was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision and a protection order was issued.

Judge Wade said Aleni and his partner had been together four years and had two children.

An argument developed on October 25 and Aleni threw his partner's cellphone at a wall before picking up a power cord and striking her in the back of the head with it, Judge Wade said.

Aleni followed her into the hallway, where he grabbed her around the neck as she was holding a baby, he said.

After the child was put down Aleni pushed the woman to the ground and again grabbed her in the neck area and pushed her head against the wall about three times. He pulled her backwards and the back of her head struck a windowsill, Judge Wade said.

The incident continued until she managed to call police, he said.

In her victim impact statement the victim said nothing similar had happened in the past.

Lawyer Tina Williams said Aleni was remorseful.

Benefit fraud

Shona Mary Dee, 47, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work for seven charges of giving an officer misleading information to obtain a pecuniary advantage. The court was told Dee failed to tell social welfare officers she was employed by four different employers while receiving benefits. She received an overpayment of $18,876.

Assault

Lucan James Melvin, 33, farmer, of Stirling, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision for assaulting a female on September 14.

False details

Leesa Jane Davies, 22, of Kaitangata, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for making a statement that would amount to perjury if made on oath on September 29.

Cole Anthony Ellery, 26, of Kaitangata, was sentenced to 180 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for making a statement that would amount to perjury if made on oath on September 29 and driving dangerously and resisting police on December 20.

Drugs

Patrick Miini Ngamoki, 44, shedhand, of Milton, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for possessing cannabis at Milton on September 26. He was convicted and discharged for possessing cannabis utensils at Milton on September 26 and breaching community work on November 17.

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Martin John Penn, 44, farm worker, of Tawanui, was fined $400 for possessing cannabis at Owaka on October 31.

Patrick Norman Perry Moore, 19, mechanic, of Owaka, was convicted and discharged for possessing cannabis at Owaka on September 27.

Breach

Matthew Bruce Burgess, 29, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work for breaching community work on September 22.

Theft

Billee Shontelle Stevens-Webb, 23, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for stealing a wallet valued at $90 on December 8.

Driving

Mario Suraj Fernando, 41, of Gore, was fined $250 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving carelessly causing injury on December 25. The court was told he pulled out in front of another vehicle. His wife, who was in the passenger seat, was trapped but later freed and she suffered a head injury.

Michael John Craig-Perry, 20, of Port Chalmers, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for driving while disqualified at Kaitangata on September 15.

Natasha Jane Ruffell, 21, was fined $250 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on December 24.

Gavin James Blackmore, 24, was remanded on bail to March 4 for sentence for driving carelessly and driving with a breath alcohol level of 558mcg on December 4, breaching supervision on November 22 and 29 and breaching community work on April 28.

Drink-driving

Penny Lynette Andreassen, 53, of Milton, was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 538mcg at Milton on January 6.

Ian David Mills, 50, 559mcg at Milton on January 4. Fined $1000 and disqualified for a year and a day.

- The Southland Times

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