Man to be sentenced for assaulting partner

A man who headbutted a woman and, separately, punched her several times to the head while she was in bed will be sentenced in the Queenstown District Court in January.

Anthony James Henry Robertson (35), of Arrowtown admitted assaulting a person he was in a family relationship with on August 9 at Arrowtown and injuring the woman with intent on October 30.

In the Queenstown District Court yesterday, prosecuting sergeant Ian Collin told Judge Alison McLeod that Robertson and the victim had lived at the same address for about five months earlier this year, and over that time, the defendant had assaulted the female on occasions.

On one such occasion, Robertson had been consuming alcohol and the pair got into an argument — he pushed her into a bedroom wall and then into a concrete wall, causing bruising and grazing to her arms.

On August 9, Robertson was intoxicated, and after the victim went to bed he started arguing with her ‘‘about household chores’’.

She told him to leave her alone but he punched her three times with a closed fist to the head, leaving her with black eyes and bruising.

On August 30, the pair were again arguing when the defendant grabbed the victim by her upper arms and headbutted her, connecting with her forehead.

Judge McLeod issued a final protection order in favour of the victim and remanded Robertson on bail ahead of his sentencing, to take place in Queenstown on January 18.

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