Pregnant partner assaulted three times

Last updated 08:00 07/02/2013

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A 27-year-old man who was in an "extremely unhealthy relationship" assaulted his former partner three times while she was pregnant.

Mose Isaako Aliivaa appeared before Judge Raoul Neave in Invercargill District Court last week and was sentenced to six months' home detention for four charges of assaulting a female.

Judge Neave said Aliivaa had assaulted his former partner three times while she was pregnant and once when she was not. On one occasion he punched her 10 to 12 times in the head, back and arms and on another when she was lying face down on a bed, he said.

It had been an extremely unhealthy relationship, he said.

In her victim impact statement she wished Aliivaa all the best but he needed to leave her alone, Judge Neave said.

Aliivaa's lawyer, Mike Newell, said he had not breached his bail and was remorseful for the offending.

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