Man seriously assaults wife

Last updated 15:08 28/01/2014

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A man was granted final name suppression yesterday after being sentenced for seriously assaulting his wife.

The 22-year-old was sentenced to 12 months' supervision when he appeared before Judge Christina Cook in the Queenstown District Court for assaulting a female between January last year and December 29.

The court was told the victim was at her parents-in-law's home in January last year when an argument started with her husband, who slapped her.

In December, there was another argument and he threw a vase, which hit her head. He then punched her in the stomach, threw a child's walker at her and struck her on the head.

As the assault continued, he banged her head against a wall and shoved a coffee table at her legs, cutting her foot. The couple's 9-month-old son witnessed the assault, and the woman suffered a sore head and stomach pain.

Judge Cook imposed special conditions, including attending a domestic violence programme.

Lawyer Sonia Vidal said there were no ongoing physical effects for the victim. It was a frightening and violent outburst in front of a child and there was clear value in a sentence of supervision combined with domestic violence and dispute resolution programmes, she said.

The court was told the couple's relationship continued.

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- The Southland Times

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