A 22-year-old Balclutha man was sentenced to 21 days' prison
after admitting assaulting his former partner and threatening
police last year.
Bo Malakai Teraki, unemployed, pleaded guilty to a Crimes Act
assault on his former partner on March 2, and threatening
behaviour likely to cause violence on June 23, when he
appeared before Judge Roy Wade in the Balclutha District
Court, sitting in Gore, yesterday.
Prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said on March 2 Teraki was
at his partner's home when he became aggravated after he
could not find his bag. The victim told Teraki she did not
know where his bag was. He verbally abused her while
continuing to search for his bag.
While Teraki went to search the lounge, the victim began
removing his property from her room. He returned to the
bedroom and kicked the victim in the stomach, winding her.
The victim hit him on the head with an ornamental bottle.
Teraki began throwing the victim's property out of her room,
grabbing her by the hair, and forcing her on to the bed. He
held her down by her throat and began punching her to the
face and head, twice saying he was going to kill her.
He left before police arrived.
The victim's left eye was swollen shut and she received
bruises and grazes to her face.
Teraki was charged with male assaults female, but pleaded
guilty to an amended charge of a Crimes Act assault when he
appeared in court yesterday. He also faced a charge of
possessing cannabis on the same date, but police withdrew the
Counsel John Westgate said Teraki had finally learned that he
and his partner were better off apart.
''He accepts that prior to getting hit in the face with a
bottle, he went too far.''
In court yesterday, Judge Wade was shown photographs showing
the extent of both Teraki's and the victim's injuries.
''In terms of injury, you came out worse. I am glad the penny
has dropped, for whatever reason, that you and the victim do
not belong together.''
Sgt McMurdo said when police carried out a bail check at
Teraki's house on June 23 he became threatening and abusive.
Mr Westgate said Teraki was obviously in a stressful
situation as he was on bail at the time, and said he
apologised to the officer.
In sentencing Teraki to prison, Judge Wade said he was
already in custody in relation to a number of serious drug
On the charge of a Crimes Act assault he sentenced Teraki to
14 days' prison, and 21 days' prison for the threatening
behaviour charge, with terms to be served concurrently.