'Extremely violent' man jailed

Last updated 07:12 03/09/2013

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A 40-year-old man who assaulted his partner was last week described by a judge as an extremely violent man.

Blair Donal Taylor, a dairy worker, of Seaward Downs, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court yesterday after admitting two charges of assault using a knife as a weapon, assaulting a female and driving dangerously and while disqualified between January 30 and April 10.

He was sentenced to one year and 11 months' jail and disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Judge Phillips said, in relation to the January incident, Taylor grabbed his partner by the hair, dragged her to the floor and then into a sitting position on a chair.

He made threats and he walked to the kitchen, took a 32cm knife, and waved it in front of her chest and face saying things like, "I should just kill you', the Judge Phillips said.

In April, Taylor again threatened his partner and, with the same knife, stood in front of her saying he wanted to kill her, the judge said.

Taylor then raised the knife above his shoulders and slammed it into a chair.

Judge Phillips said Taylor was an extremely violent man with a major propensity toward violence.

Defence lawyer David Slater said Taylor had made efforts to change his life and did not want to repeat such behaviour. Cannabis Michael Allen Lindstrom, 25, panel beater, was sentenced to six months' home detention and 150 hours' community work for cultivating cannabis between April 1 last year and April 19 this year.

Sexual connection Samuel Karl Hall, 24, was sentenced to seven months' home detention and ordered to pay $2000 emotional harm reparation on five charges of having unlawful sexual connection with a 14-year-old girl between March 8 and 23. When questioned, he denied the relationship.

Judge Phillips said Hall appeared to have little insight into the harm he had caused.

The victim was depressed and had suffered stress and embarrassment.

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- The Southland Times

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