Five years of brutality for partner

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 17/11/2012

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A Hamilton man subjected his partner to five years of violent abuse, including attempted choking and hitting her with an anchor.

Michael Toihau Parnell, 29, was yesterday sentenced on two representative charges of wounding with intent to injure between September 2006 and April 2011 and assaulting a female. He originally faced 26 serious charges, but pleaded guilty to the two representative charges on the second day of his trial in the Hamilton District Court.

The court heard Parnell punched and kicked his "much younger" former partner when she was four months pregnant, and again when she was eight months pregnant. He variously tried to choke her with an electric cord and hit her with several objects including a metal bar and an anchor. He was also dominating and controlling.

Crown prosecutor Mike Robb said the victim looked to Parnell, a forestry worker, for protection. She had provided an unsigned victim impact statement, but had given evidence at trial.

Parnell's counsel Wayne Dollimore said his client's relationship with the victim was murky as they had seen each other on and off right up until the trial.

Judge Peter Spiller jailed Parnell for 24 months.

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