Woman spared jail for attack

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The woman who stabbed and bit her partner in a jealous rage over each other's faithfulness has avoided jail in what was described by her supporters in court as a victory.

Candice Wickliffe-Brown, 23, was given 12 months' home detention by Judge Joseph Williams in Napier High Court yesterday.

Wickliffe-Brown had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm stemming from an argument with her partner at their Napier home last year which resulted in Wickliffe-Brown punching, bottling, biting and stabbing her partner.

She was supported in court by Nga Raukura O Maraenui, a group of female ex-prisoners who are fighting to break the cycle of violence within their communities.

Group member Jackie Katounas said they were set up to support people such as Wickliffe-Brown who have grown up in often dysfunctional situations.

"We need to look at why these women are violent in the first place. We want to help them turn their lives around to become productive, non-violent members of society.

"These women have often grown up in gang life, in dysfunctional families, with historic family violence and sexual abuse. Their stories are very sad and very powerful."

She said the purpose of the group was to help women get better at being able to speak about what they need in order to deal with their circumstances.

"The cycle of violence has got to stop."

Ms Katounas, 55, said the group will stay in contact with Wickliffe-Brown during her home detention and support her to work through her issues.

She called Wickliffe-Brown's lawyer, Russel Fairbrother, a "friend to the group" and said he had worked extensively with many of its members.

The home detention sentence means Wickcliffe-Brown will not be separated from her 3-month-old baby. She is still in contact with her partner who was present in court yesterday.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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