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Man convicted for assaulting wife

Saturday February 09, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A 36-year-old man has been convicted in the Cook Islands High Court for assaulting a female.

 

Rene Hand appeared before Justice of Peace Carmen Temata on Thursday.

Temata said the defendant was facing two years’ imprisonment.

Reading Hand’s sentencing report, Temata said it was around 1.30pm on September 8 last year, when a complaint of assault on a female was reported to the police.

The complainant, who was the victim and wife of the defendant, is understood to have informed the police that the defendant was out drinking with friends on September 7 and returned home the next day around 7am.

“The victim said she was upset with your drinking behaviour and leaving her at home with the children and not spending time as a family.

Temata said: “You became angry with what she said to you, which led to the assault. She described that you squeezed her neck with both your hands and pushed her against the wall.”

She said when the defendant was questioned by police he denied squeezing the victim’s neck, but admitted to assaulting the victim by pushing her.

Temata said she noted the defendant’s early guilty plea and was taking counselling.

She said his wife spoke of the change in his behaviour.

The aggravating factors however, Temata said, was that the assault happened in front of their children and he held the victim by the neck.

Temata said the probation report showed a statement from the defendant’s wife saying that it was not the first time this happened, but was the first time it has been reported to the police.

However, she said it was Hand’s first appearance in court, he had no previous convictions and was remorseful and apologised to his wife.

“To your credit, you immediately sorted counselling and I urge you to continue.”

Temata said a victim impact and medical report submitted to the court showed that the victim received a minor visible bruise to her neck and right arm.

“The victim remained confident and says you are still working together in improving your relationship.

“This is a very serious charge and is a concern within our community and is becoming weekly occurrence.”

Temata convicted and ordered Hands to come up for sentencing to the High Court in nine months.

He was also ordered to pay $50 court cost and $20 for the medical bill.