Woman attacked ex-partner's new love interest

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 09:00 07/02/2014

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A spurned Stratford woman says she "just exploded" when she spotted her ex-partner's new love interest.

Tayler Burgham, 24, unemployed, appeared in the Hawera District Court on Wednesday to be sentenced on a charge of assaults with intent to injure, after pleading in November.

The victim is currently in a relationship with Burgham's former partner of four years.

According to the police summary of facts, Burgham and an associate followed the victim in her car to a Stratford address and began to verbally abuse her.

The victim, who was still seated in her vehicle, was then punched in the head several times by the defendant before being dragged by her hair onto the main road.

Burgham ignored pleas from the victim and her associate to stop the attack which continued until a man came out from a nearby house and intervened.

Defence lawyer Rajan Rai said the offending was out of character for the mother of two. She had been left "devastated" by the affair between her ex partner and the victim and had found it difficult to cope.

Judge Allan Roberts said the assault by Burgham had left the victim with bruising, a black eye and scratches. He said the victim's child also witnessed the offending.

Burgham was sentenced to nine months supervision with special conditions to attend alcohol and drug assessment and counselling and domestic violence counselling.

Burgham was ordered to complete 125 hours of community work.

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