Man admits giving partner black eyes

A Lake Hawea man has been remanded for sentence for assaulting his partner in their bed.

The man entered a guilty plea to male assaults female on November 18 when he appeared before Judge Phillip Moran in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

He was granted interim name suppression to allow further submissions on name suppression.

Sergeant Ian Collin told the court the man and his partner were drinking in their home on the night before going to bed.

A dispute started in the bedroom and he punched her repeatedly.

Neighbours heard her cries for help and called police, who found the couple in bed when they arrived at the house.

The woman suffered black eyes, swelling around an eye, a swollen nose, marks on a leg and a bruised arm.

Judge Moran remanded the man, who told police he was unable to remember the assault, on bail for sentence on January 27.

Bail conditions included no contact with the victim.

The Southland Times