Pub victim 'scarred for life'

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2014

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A woman has been left scarred and frightened after a pub patron smashed a glass in her face.

Ruka Hoani Holden, 31, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure on Monday when he appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in the Hawera District Court.

One of the cuts was only millimetres from her eye and needed eight stitches. A piece of glass also had to be removed from her eye.

The assault took place on October 6 last year when Holden was drinking at the Kakaramea Hotel.

He became angry after the 33-year-old victim, a pub employee, asked him to stop drinking the alcohol he had brought on the premises with him.

He called her a "nark" and then smashed a glass into the right side of her face, causing two lacerations, including one of about 4 centimetres.

Judge Roberts said the victim had been "scarred for life" by Holden's actions.

Through her victim impact statement, she said she was "continually embarrassed" by her facial injuries and was still fearful of Holden.

When describing the offending, Judge Roberts said the use of a weapon and the attack to the head were aggravating factors, along with the harm caused to the victim.

"The impact on her life is demonstrable," the judge said.

Holden was remanded on bail until April 16 for sentence. A full pre-sentence report was ordered, with the option of home detention to be investigated.

The guilty plea came after a sentencing indication of two years' imprisonment was given by Judge Roberts after written submissions were made by Holden's lawyer, Julian Hannam, and Crown prosecutor Andrew Britton.

Judge Roberts said although the option of home detention could now be canvassed when Holden appeared for sentencing, it was "far from certain".

Offenders can be considered for home detention if they receive a prison term of two years or less.

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