Jealous lover locks partner in bedroom

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014

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A drunk and jealous lover locked his girlfriend in the bedroom, forcing himself on her, the New Plymouth District Court was told.

Police broke down the bedroom door and pulled him off the woman.

Shannon Gary Kevin Martin, 23, was yesterday sentenced after admitting the offence of male assaults female and resisting police.

The summary of facts states the couple had been together since January. About 11.30pm on July 18 they were at their home having a few drinks to celebrate Martin's upcoming birthday.

But he became jealous and locked himself and the victim inside their bedroom. He pushed the victim on to the bed and forced himself on top of her, pinning her down hard on the bed.

She screamed for help, calling out to others to call the police.

When police arrived and Martin refused to open the door, they kicked in the door and dragged him off the victim - but not before she suffered deep bruises to her inner thighs and an arm.

Martin fought with police and tried to run away, despite being handcuffed. He was described as becoming extremely agitated and aggressive and was pepper-sprayed.

When police asked him for an explanation he denied what happened and could not recall any details.

The court heard that the couple were now back together but the woman had asked for a protection order to be put in place.

Judge Allan Roberts said such domestic violence was "a huge issue nationwide".

He told Martin that the signs around the streets that said domestic violence was not OK applied to Martin as well as others.

Some men went through life without ever raising a hand to their partners, the judge told him.

In her victim impact statement his partner told the court she was devastated by what Martin did. They were together again and talking about ways to ensure it did not happen again, she said.

It was unacceptable for any man to lay their hands on a woman, the judge said.

Martin was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and ordered to attend domestic violence counselling which would hopefully give him skills to avoid him again resorting to violence, the judge said.

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