A man who attacked a pregnant woman in front of a child and indecently assaulted her has been jailed for 27 months.
The woman had earlier told a jury she lied to police about being raped, attacked and throttled.
The New Plymouth District Court was told yesterday that Daniel Peter Coe, 34, had 30 previous convictions, including for assaulting females.
At his trial earlier this year, a jury found the sickness beneficiary guilty of assaulting his victim with intent to injure her and of indecently assaulting her, but found him not guilty of rape.
At sentencing yesterday, the court heard that the woman, who cannot be named, had given statements about sexual and physical attacks to police soon after the assaults on June 15.
But when she went into the witness box she said she made up the attacks because she was angry with Coe. She told the jury the pair had consensual sex.
Judge Allan Roberts said yesterday the victim's earlier statements to police "were ultimately there to be heard and understood by the jury".
The judge said the victim was five months pregnant when Coe subjected her to indignities.
Coe had squeezed her abdomen and banged her head into a cupboard. He had twice grabbed her by the throat, compromising her breathing.
The attack was in front of a 5-year-old boy.
In addition to the jail term Coe was given a first-strike warning.
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