A man who admitted pushing a three-year-old so hard he went through a wall, making a hole, claims the wall was soft and he only put the toddler next to it.
In the Hamilton District Court today, Ivan Richard Swan admitted three charges, including assaulting a female, assaulting a child, and injuring with reckless disregard.
Swan, 42, had been in a relationship with the victim for the past 10 years.
In June last year, Swan was at the home he shared with his partner and her three-year-old child.
Swan became upset when he couldn't find a Sony Playstation cord.
He then threw the child into the lounge wall, causing a hole and plaster to fall on the victim.
On December 14, Swan, the victim and one of her friends were drinking at their home.
The friend late left and that's when Swan became outraged that she didn't convince her friend to have sex with him.
He pushed her out of the bed before carrying her over to a two storey window and threatened to throw her.
She managed to get out of his grip but not before he carried out a near 30 minute assault on her punching her about the neck, head and face.
On February 18, Swan was coming down off a P high at home where his partner and a friend were.
The next morning Swan again became angry that she didn't convince her friend to have sex with him.
He threw a pair of scissors at her which became embedded in the back of her head.
When questioned by police on all the matters, Swan said the wall in the lounge was soft and he only placed the toddler against the wall and denied trying to throw his partner out the window.
Swan's counsel James Gurnick applied for bail until his sentencing next month due to health issues and his suffering of depression.
However, that was declined by Judge Barney Thomas who said his health issues could be managed on remand in prison.
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