Mother fears for safety of her son

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012

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A young Inglewood mother, throttled into unconsciousness by her boyfriend, now fears for the safety of her young child.

In New Plymouth District Court on Monday, her partner Luke Beau Williams, 23, was sentenced to jail for injuring her with intent and assaulting her in July, the attacks happening at his mother's Hamilton home and at their Inglewood home on their return.

After a sentencing indication by Judge Allan Roberts on Monday, Williams changed his plea to guilty. Police then withdrew further charges that he twice assaulted the same victim on other occasions.

Defence counsel Julian Hannam said his client and his partner both admitted problems with anger.

She said in her victim impact statement "I'm no saint either", admitting to having trouble controlling her temper, Mr Hannam said.

Judge Roberts said to Williams his domestic violence must stop.

"Violence punctuates your relationship with women."

His partner was just 17 and had a three-year-old son.

They entered a relationship when she was 16, the judge said. After the attacks she had gone into a refuge centre.

In her victim statement to court she said she was "really scared of him" and feared what he might do to her son in future.

Williams treated the boy badly, called him horrible names and she was concerned what would happen to her son when Williams was released.

Judge Roberts sentenced Williams to 21 months in jail with 6 months of special release conditions that he attend a domestic violence prevention programme.

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