Man jailed for beating woman
A 44-year-old Hamilton man who beat his young girlfriend with a studded belt has been sent to prison.
David Tamaki Wilson was sentenced in Hamilton District Court yesterday to just over one year in prison on charges of assault with a weapon, and two charges of threatening to kill.
Wilson was with his 21-year-old, now former, girlfriend on March 1 when an argument erupted.
He began hitting her with the belt, which had been folded in half, at least six times around her body.
He then slapped her around the face and threatened to kill her.
The victim suffered bruising to her legs, arms and face. Wilson was arrested and bailed.
A month later, Wilson saw the victim in town and followed her and ended up threatening her again.
Judge Merelina Burnett said she could not understand what the victim saw in Wilson.
"The victim is your former partner, she is only young, 21."
Judge Burnett said the victim was unsurprisingly frightened after the incident.
Judge Burnett accepted that Wilson had expressed remorse. His temper often waxed and waned due to his alcohol and drug problem.
Wilson was at a high risk of reoffending, she said.
Also yesterday, a self-confessed chronic alcoholic and soon-to-be Hamilton grandmother was jailed.
Anne Te Whatarangi Lee Rehua, 44, was stopped for speeding by police while driving on State Highway 29 near Tauranga.
Rehua, who had five passengers in the car, told police she was on her way to Tauranga to visit a friend in hospital.
She returned a breath-alcohol level of 939mcg.
The legal adult limit is 400mcg.
Rehua's counsel said that though she admitted being a chronic alcoholic she was motivated to change her lifestyle with the birth of her first grandchild due soon.
She already had medical problems due to her excessive alcohol use and admitted it was only likely to get worse if the drinking continued.
Judge Noel Cocurullo labelled Rehua's breath alcohol level "very high".
She noted that Rehua had eight previous convictions for drink-driving and "a number" for driving while disqualified.
"You have 17 pages of convictions over a variety of matters including dishonesty and breach of court orders . . . I am concerned about matters here, including road safety; the very high level and you pose a clear and present danger to members of the public through drinking and driving."
Judge Cocurullo said that although the birth of mokopuna was an important occasion, he also had to weigh up Rehua's rehabilitation and public safety.
Rehua was sentenced to 12 months' prison and disqualified from driving for three years.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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