Differing accounts of an alleged assault were presented in
the Queenstown District Court yesterday during a judge-alone
trial before Judge Michael Turner, adjourned last night.
Ross Malcolm McGregor (28), mechanic, of Albert Town, has
denied assaulting Amanda Barrow with intent to injure her and
injuring her with intent at Wanaka on September 20.
Ms Barrow, McGregor's former fiancee, alleged she tried to
wake McGregor, who had fallen asleep on the couch,
simultaneously bending to pick up a bottle of beer which had
''The next minute I was just lying on the floor, on my back
with him above me.''
Ms Barrow said McGregor punched her about three times with a
closed fist to the head, before ''stomping'' on her head with
a socked foot and dragging her by her hair into their
There she alleged he tipped a bottle of water over her face
and rubbed his hand over it to remove blood, before using a
towel to dry her.
Defence counsel Mike Newell alleged it was Miss Barrow who
assaulted McGregor and she contacted police as a
Mr Newell said there was a history of jealousy between the
two and referred to a heated text message exchange between
them that day, in which they accused each other of having
interests in other people.
He submitted McGregor fell asleep on the couch and woke to
find Ms Barrow on top of him with both hands around his neck
He tried to fend her off. They both ended up on the floor,
with her on top of him.
McGregor managed to get one hand on her shoulder to keep her
at arm's length.
''At this point, with your other arm you reached behind,
grabbed him by the scrotum and squeezed and pulled [causing
He said McGregor restrained her against the couch until she
McGregor washed the blood from her face to show it was not
her blood, but his, Mr Newell said..
Ms Barrow largely denied Mr Newell's version of events.
There was an apparent history of violence between the two in
which she had, on at least three occasions, scratched his
face, Mr Newell said.
Incidents with previous partners resulted in her being
convicted on four assault-related charges, including assault
with intent to injure, against two former boyfriends in 2010,
both of which arose from anger and jealousy issues.
Mr Newell submitted Ms Barrow called police as a
''pre-emptive strike'' because she was concerned, given her
previous convictions, McGregor would make a complaint to
''You were angry and you were jealous and when you saw him
asleep on the couch, the bottle of beer knocked over beside
him, you couldn't help yourself.
''He reacted, from being asleep to finding your fingers
digging into his neck.''
He said text messages sent to McGregor following the incident
- including that she loved him and would miss him ''forever''
- along with attempts to see him were not in line with
someone who had been subjected to a violent assault.