Baby sick so dad assaults mother

Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012

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A Manaia man, angered and frustrated that his baby was sick, punched and kicked the child's mother and wrecked her house.

On the morning of November 19, Morehu Karamaene Huriwaka-Potts, 22, was visiting the home of his partner and their 9-month-old baby in Waitara, the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.

They argued about the baby's well-being. The man wanted to take the baby back to his home against the mother's will, the police summary says.

Huriwaka-Potts pushed her on to a bed, kicked her in the stomach, then punched her in the face several times with a closed fist.

When police arrived they found the house in a mess and property smashed on the driveway.

An agitated Huriwaka-Potts, by then holding the baby, vented his frustration at police but returned the baby to his partner and was then arrested.

He continued to lash out in the police car, later telling police that his actions were in self-defence and he was angry that his baby was sick and not sleeping.

Defence counsel Heather Froude acknowledged her client's actions were serious. He admitted what he had done and was willing to engage in counselling, she said.

Judge Max Courtney said Hiriwaka-Potts' actions were particularly concerning and the situation was made worse by similar previous convictions. The judge called for a pre-sentence report and remanded him for sentencing on February 4.

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