Sixth assault conviction for violent offender

19:38, Feb 25 2013

An Invercargill man has been sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of a range of charges including assaulting a woman.

It was the sixth time Upokoina Inamata, 40, has been convicted of assaulting a female, the Invercargill District Court was told yesterday.

Inamata was to go on trial for the latest charges yesterday, but admitted the charges before his jury trial started.

He pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure by biting a woman's thumb, assaulting a female by grabbing her foot and twisting her leg, two charges of breaching a protection order and two charges of assault using a weapon, which included a computer cord and a DVD case.

All offending was against the same woman on June 6 and 7.

Judge Kevin Phillips said Inamata had spent time in prison on a regular basis for offences involving domestic violence.

He would spend longer periods in prison in future if he continued to assault women, the judge said.

The community would not accept those who could not live with people of the opposite sex without being violent and abusive towards them, he said.

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