A 60-year-old Invercargill man struck a man with a nail while he was lying face down on the ground, the Invercargill District Court has been told.
Reginald Walker appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court last week for sentencing after being found guilty of wounding with intent to injure and assaulting a female.
He was sentenced to 18 months' jail and given a warning under the three strikes law. He was also convicted and discharged for wilfully trespassing on January 30.
Judge Phillips said Walker was drinking with a female friend when she asked him to go home.
While Walker and the woman were arguing, she pushed him outside and he struck her on the jaw, Judge Phillips said.
A neighbour came over, and Walker tackled him and struck him in the back with a nail about five times while he was lying face down, Judge Phillips said.
"You acted in a totally inappropriate manner . . . you caused harm to these people."
Walker's lawyer, Mike Newell, said the level of violence was not extreme.
- The Southland Times