A Cromwell man with an ''appalling history'' of violence
towards his wife was sentenced to two and a-half years'
imprisonment by Judge Michael Turner in the Queenstown
District Court yesterday.
Glen Andrew Gauldie (42) admitted injuring his wife with
intent on February 26 at Cromwell after the two began arguing
in their home.
Judge Turner said Gauldie's wife had arrived at their home
about 11.30pm and a ''heated'' argument ensued.
Gauldie grabbed her, pushed her to the floor, pinned her
there, punched her in the stomach and face and bit her left
The attack continued for about 10 minutes.
Injuries included contusions to both cheekbones, bruising to
her left arm, broken skin and tenderness about her rib cage.
Judge Turner said in April 2012 Gauldie was jailed for two
years after admitting injuring his wife with intent and four
other assault charges.
Release conditions were breached last year when he was
convicted of threatening behaviour.
Despite a letter of apology written by Gauldie in prison,
Judge Turner said he had ''real reservations'' as to whether
his remorse was genuine ''or simply for the position you find
Gauldie had said his conduct was because he was trying to get
his wife ''to be the best person she can be'' and he did not
see himself as a violent person.
''You are an extremely violent person whose anger is directed
to the person you say you love.
''The statement ... demonstrates power and control.
''You say the right things but you can't demonstrate by your
conduct that you have accepted your problems and are prepared
to deal with them.''
Judge Turner said it was a lengthy attack and occurred in a
place where his wife was entitled to feel safe.
There was an ''enormous'' breach of trust and Gauldie was
''supposed to show her love, tenderness and kindness, not
''She was vulnerable ... you got her to the ground and you
laid into her.
''She certainly believes you need help and questions whether
your marriage and relationship have a future.''
Gauldie was sentenced to a total of two years and six months'
imprisonment on the injuring charge, an unrelated disorderly
behaviour charge, which occurred at Cromwell on February 14,
and the previous breach of release conditions.
Judge Turner also issued a protection order and cancelled
outstanding fines of $1138.34 in lieu of one month's
imprisonment, to be served concurrently.
• A 29-year-old Queenstown woman facing six charges in
relation to theft from ANZ Bank was yesterday remanded
Jenna Lee Robinson, of Arthurs Point, will next appear on
She faces one charge of directly accessing the ANZ Bank
computer network and setting up 16 fictitious accounts with
loan and overdraft facilities at Queenstown between August
16, 2010 and July 4, 2013.
She faces another five theft charges in relation to property
totalling $402,386.01, between August 16, 2010 and July 4,