A man told police officers he threatened his ex-partner with a claw hammer after she angered him. Leon James Maraku pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Stephen Butler said Maraku got into an argument with his ex-partner before getting a claw hammer from a shed.

Mr Butler said Maraku told the victim "if you don't shut your mouth I will clean you up".

Maraku told the court he was angry at the time. "Things that were said made me angry," he said.

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Judge Dugald Matheson referred the case to restorative justice and remanded Maraku to reappear on April 26.