A woman has admitted driving over her partner several times
before launching her car into the Waikato River.
Annette Wallis, 44, has pleaded guilty to causing grievous
bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on the
eve of her trial, which was due to begin in the High Court at
Hamilton this morning.
A charge of attempted murder was dropped by the Crown.
The incident began in front of stunned onlookers outside
Hamilton shops on November 17, after which Wallis fled the
Her 43-year-old partner suffered serious injuries as she
repeatedly drove over him, police said.
One witness followed the woman's car and called emergency
When officers arrived, Wallis drove her car over a 10-metre
bank and into the Waikato River.
Four police officers went in after her and, assisted by a
kayaker, brought her to shore.
She was hospitalised with moderate injuries.
A witness told the Herald he was swimming in the river when
he heard a crash.
He looked up and saw the car drive over the bank.
The car flipped before plunging into the river.
The man said he ran to find Wallis had managed to pull
herself out of the car.
A boatie who transported her to waiting paramedics, said she
had a number of cuts to her face and hands.
"The impact of personality disorders on offending and the
risk to the public in future are of great significance," said
Crown prosecutor Ross Douch.
Justice John Fogarty accordingly ordered a report to address
those factors as well as one to assess the suitability of
Wallis will be sentenced in October.
- Rob Kidd of APNZ