A 22-year-old Manaia process worker who attacked his pregnant former partner and a 17-year-old youth has been given credit for trying to turn his life around.
William Donald Cooper yesterday appeared before Judge Josephine Bouchier in Hawera District Court, where he admitted charges of assault with intent to injure and assault on a female.
On August 18, Cooper hit the teenage male, causing jaw injuries and cuts around his eyes. Cooper then grabbed the woman, who is pregnant with his child, by the hair, leaving her with bruising to her forehead and face.
Defence counsel Kelly Marriner said Cooper had self-referred to high levels of counselling and therapy, while showing remorse with a letter of apology.
Judge Bouchier said Cooper's emotions had got the better of him in the situation.
She took note of his attending therapy, the apology letter and other letters of support for him.
Cooper was sentenced to 120 hours of community work and six months supervision, during which he must undertake anger management counselling.
A Hawera man, 30, admitted he should have asked an unwelcome guest to leave his house instead of breaking his nose.
William Hala had initially denied assault with intent to injure in a defended hearing before Judge Bouchier.
Hala attacked his victim, a former flatmate, after arriving home on June 5 to find him playing video games in his lounge.
The victim had been warned to stay away because he had allegedly groped Hala's sister-in-law in a Hawera bar a month earlier.
However, after discussions between the judge, defence counsel and the prosecution, the charge was amended to common assault and Hala pleaded guilty.
He was convicted and ordered to pay $500 reparation to the victim.
A man who has been sober for 168 days avoided jail for his latest drink-driving conviction.
Edward Corey Paul Green pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol and driving while banned - both third or subsequent offences - when he appeared in court yesterday.
Mrs Marriner said Green had undertaken treatment for his drinking, had family support and was now enjoying life.
Judge Bouchier said she could step back from a sentence of imprisonment because Green had been attending treatment in Rotorua and had positive notes from his supervisor.
The judge gave him four months' home detention and banned him from driving for one year starting in January, on top of his indefinite disqualification.
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