Family feud ends in jail sentence for son

JO MOIR
Last updated 05:00 06/09/2012

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A family feud led to a jail sentence for a New Plymouth man yesterday.

At New Plymouth District Court Tamati Ruka Thomas, 31, pleaded guilty to charges of assault, breaching a protection order and wilful damage.

He was sentenced to four months jail.

Prosecuting Sergeant Lewis Sutton said Thomas was served with a protection order by his mother in January last year, but recently Thomas and his partner had been living with his mother for a short time.

The mother asked her son's partner to move out of the Woodleigh St house on August 30 and an argument started between Thomas and his mother.

Thomas began throwing property out of the garage.

The mother locked herself in the house. Thomas forced the door of the house, causing the lock to break and the door to splinter.

Once inside he started throwing food from the fridge around the lounge and kitchen.

He then pushed his mother and punched a large hole in the wall before leaving with his partner and walking up the street.

Police found him and he then refused to make a formal statement.

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