Man's actions 'out of character'

Last updated 07:04 21/02/2014

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A man was acting out of character when he bit his pregnant girlfriend's breast and poured beer over her head, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Jason Charles Adamson, 21, admitted assaulting a female and wilfully damaging a bedroom wall when he appeared before Judge Raoul Neave this week.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Penny Stratford said Adamson arrived home about 8.30pm on December 7, intoxicated after taking part in National Crate Day. He began verbally abusing his pregnant girlfriend, standing over her, to prevent her moving away, before biting her left breast hard enough to cause bruising.

Adamson then moved into the bedroom, where he punched a hole in the wall, pushed his girlfriend on to the bed and spat in her face. His girlfriend asked him to leave, and Adamson poured beer over her head, Ms Stratford said.

Lawyer Katy Barker said the behaviour was out of character for Adamson. He had since repaired the damage in the wall and referred himself to drug and alcohol counselling, she said.

Judge Neave sentenced Adamson to 80 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision for the assault, and convicted and discharged him for the wilful damage.

Assault

Hayden James Tutty, 18, was remanded to March 21 for sentence for assault on January 1 at Gore, theft of a cellphone on January 24, breaching release conditions on January 8 and breaching community work on January 23.

David George Corson, 52, was sentenced to nine months' supervision for assault and threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm on October 21.

Heath John Douglas Kingi- Kelso, 21, meatworker, was fined $500 for assaulting a female on February 23.

Breach

Daniel Thomas Evans, 22, was remanded to February 25 for sentence for breaching release conditions.

Steven Douglas Thomson, 54, was sentenced to two months' jail for breaching release conditions.

Russell Andrew Fowler, 39, table hand, was sentenced to 15 months' jail for six breaches of a protection order, resisting police and burglary between December 1 and 7.

Using documents

Melanie Jane Edgar, 34, was remanded to March 21 for sentence on five charges of using documents to obtain possession of property dishonestly between October 10 and November 18, obtaining possession of $3000 and $5000 without claim of right on November 7 and 19, and obtaining control over a service, broadband, by deception between November 5 and December 31 at Christchurch.

Rex Thomas Richardson, meatworker, was sentenced to six months' community detention and 150 hours' community work for six charges of using a false document to obtain pecuniary advantage and misleading an officer of social welfare between February 2011 and June 2013.

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Cannabis

Shay Nathan Speers, 30, was fined $250 for possessing cannabis on February 13.

Theft

Samantha Jayne Crighton, 20, was fined $250 for theft of a cellphone on December 7.

Driving

Arahi Taylor, 32, was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while suspended on February 6.

Drink-driving

Steven Wayne Douglas Taylor, 47, of Slope Point, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for driving with a blood alcohol level of 115mg on November 26 at Wyndham.

- The Southland Times

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