Man pushed partner to ground during argument

A Green Island man who pushed his partner to the ground in the heat of an argument faces 12 months’ intensive supervision and an emotional harm payment as a result.

The 38-year-old man appeared in the Dunedin District Court this week over the incident, which occurred in front of her children.

Due to subsequent impacts of the crime and its effects on the victim, the offender will not be named.

The defendant was at the victim’s address in Vauxhall, Dunedin, on July 17, when things became violent.

Court documents reveal the woman confronted the man to ask if he had given her a sexually transmitted infection (STI), as she had been feeling unwell.

He leapt off his chair and pushed her to the ground in response.

While leaning over her, holding her down, he told her if he had an STI "he would kill her and everyone she knows".

Judge Emma Smith told the defendant there were significant "psychological effects of what [he] had done ... on [the victim’s] life and her children".

In a victim impact statement, read by Crown prosecutor Chris Bernhardt, the victim said her mental health and family life had been "seriously stuffed up".

Diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, she was taking five different medications and experienced an uncontrollable shake.

Her children had been left confused and scared by the incident.

She no longer went to their favourite spots as they were too close to where the defendant’s family lived.

"It’s hard to see [my] kids like this because I love them so much," she wrote.

She said she terminated a pregnancy because two days after the man was arrested she found out it was his baby.

While Judge Smith said she would normally impose a less restrictive sentence to ensure rehabilitation, the victim’s statement made it "very clear ... how [he] has treated her".

The man was sentenced to 12 months’ intensive supervision and was ordered to pay $130 in court costs, and $750 in emotional harm reparation.

A protection order was also placed in favour of the victim and her children.

 - tina.grumball@odt.co.nz

 

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