Guilty plea for strangling

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 08:44 27/08/2014

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A Hawera man who grabbed his partner around the neck during an argument has been sentenced to community work.

Eli Azriel Humphrey, 23, freezing worker, pleaded guilty to charges of male assaults female and wilful damage when he appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday.

According to the summary of facts, Humphrey was at home with the victim and her daughter on July 21 when they argued after she woke him up.

When the victim began to text the defendant's mother about his behaviour, he grabbed the phone off her.

He then locked the doors in the house and put his hands around her neck.

She took refuge in the bathroom and called the police.

Judge Max Courtney said the victim had said in her impact statement that this was the first violent incident in their relationship.

But the judge noted that "those behaviours are always red flags as far as this court is concerned".

Humphrey was given credit for his early guilty plea, was convicted and sentenced to 100 hours of community work.

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