Knife threat brings jail sentence

A man who held a knife to his partner's throat when she wouldn't help find his cellphone has been jailed for nine months.

Johnathon Gavin Meston, 28, admitted assaulting a female with a weapon at Urenui on November 23. His partner did not want him prosecuted and remained supportive of him, the court heard.

Meston's lawyer, Jo Woodcock, asked that her client be given home detention rather than jail.

He was dealing with his drug and alcohol issues and was making a real effort with a parenting programme, she said.

Judge Allan Roberts said Meston had 37 convictions and 21 prison sentences. He was assessed as having little victim empathy, tending to blame others.

Two older children had been taken out of the couple's care.

Meston was given six months' special release conditions requiring him to attend domestic violence and substance abuse counselling and not to associate with his victim.

Taranaki Daily News