Body-on-the-bonnet killer Cyndi Fairburn has allegedly been the victim of a serious assault in New Plymouth.
Fairburn, now released from prison, was initially convicted of the murder of her former boyfriend Darin Maxwell six years ago.
However, a successful appeal to the Supreme Court overturned that decision and Fairburn, now in her 40s, was found guilty of manslaughter at a second trial.
Yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court it was alleged that Fairburn, who also calls herself Cyndi Mancer, was the victim of an assault on August 22.
As a result, Rotorua man Wiremu Tehiini is now facing a charge of assault with intent to injure and wilful damage.
But Tehiini's lawyer, Jo Woodcock, told the court her client would strenuously deny that he assaulted Fairburn, whom Ms Woodcock described as having a history of violence.
Rather than being involved in the assault, Tehiini had come across an assault between two people.
He would plead self-defence and not guilty to both charges, she said.
Ms Woodcock asked for bail for Tehiini who did not want to be in New Plymouth but wanted to return to Rotorua where he was on a course and could work as a chef.
She said her client had no history of interfering with witnesses.
Judge Max Courtney allowed Tehiini bail because he would be away from New Plymouth and the victim.
Tehiini was remanded to October 3 for a case review hearing and was ordered not to have contact with Cyndi Mancer.
Bail conditions include Tehiini not returning to Taranaki unless for court appearances and not to consume alcohol.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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