A judge has branded a South Taranaki man who attacked his partner with a tomahawk "the face of domestic violence in Taranaki".
Jeffrey Paul Wayne Belle, 50, of Okaiawa, appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in the Hawera District Court yesterday and was told he was a "lifetime bully".
Judge Roberts sentenced him to three months in jail.
Belle was charged with breaching a protection order issued in 1998 by the Tokoroa District Court, with kicking a protected person in the back, physically abusing a protected person and assaulting a protected person using a tomahawk as a weapon.
Judge Roberts said many people at Belle's age would be "slowing down" but Belle had instead chosen to show aggression to those "close at hand".
"You have no remorse and the aggression is like ingrained behaviour," he said.
"At least now the victim leaves knowing her voice has been heard. And I can only pray in the mean time you don't kill her."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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