Community work for punch

By Zaryd Wilson

Add a comment

A man has been given community work for hitting a woman with a "four out of ten" punch.

Mitchell Van Der Lubbe pleaded guilty to common assault when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Stephen Butler said on August 6 Van Der Lubbe became agitated when the victim mentioned another male's name.

The pair left a property they were at and the victim "ran down the Whanganui River bank to get away from him".

Van Der Lubbe punched the victim, whom he'd been in an on and off relationship with, in the left hand side of the face.

The victim described the punch as a "four out of ten".

Judge Philip Crayton sentenced Van Der Lubbe to 100 hours community work.

"You have to understand that violence against any woman is unacceptable."

- Wanganui Chronicle

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf04 at 30 Apr 2017 16:49:55 Processing Time: 363ms