A young man who beat his heavily pregnant partner with a bamboo stick so she would run to keep pace with him has been spared jail.
Tony Poopi Tahere, 20, was sentenced to four months' home detention and ordered not to associate with the complainant.
He appeared for sentencing in the Whangarei District Court last week on three charges of male assaults female, two of assault with a blunt instrument and one each of assault with intent to injure, assaulting police, resisting arrest and possession of cannabis.
The police summary of facts said Tahere and his seven-month pregnant partner started arguing about her being too slow while they were walking back home from the Otaika shops on January 17 last year.
He expected her to run, even though she was heavily pregnant.
At Collingwood St, Tahere pushed her to the ground and snatched her handbag after she refused to hand it over. At Anzac Rd, Tahere picked up a bamboo stick about 40cm long and 2cm thick and hit her on the lower back. When she began to cry Tahere told her to shut up.
On July 12 last year he had become angry when asked to change the baby's nappies and to get the baby ready for feeding.
Tahere left the room to calm down but when he returned picked up an empty beer bottle, threw it at his partner and pushed her to the bed. He told her he was going to take her life then pushed her throat with both hands until she couldn't breathe.
On August 9 last year, Tahere walked up to a car at NorthTec and kicked a rear window, causing it to smash. He was located by police hiding in a bedroom at an address in Ashley Ave.
When arrested, he pulled his arms away from police and spat saliva and blood on the arms and face of a constable.