Man threw fry­ing pan at part­ner

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

An an­gry man threw a fry­ing pan at his part­ner when she failed to pre­pare din­ner on time, a Taranaki court heard.

This vi­o­lent re­ac­tion kicked off a se­ries of ag­gres­sive tac­tics to which Wil­liam James Me­ston sub­jected his part­ner last month, all in the pres­ence of their fouryear-old daugh­ter, the Ha¯ wera District Court was told.

Sergeant Craig Jones said Me­ston was at his Strat­ford home on Oc­to­ber 29 with his fam­ily.

Jones said at 6pm, the 34-yearold be­came an­gry at his part­ner as she had not started to make din­ner. The cou­ple be­gan to ar­gue.

‘‘The ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated and the de­fen­dant threw a fry­ing pan across the room in close prox­im­ity to the vic­tim,’’ he told Tues­day’s hear­ing.

The woman de­cided to leave the Percy St ad­dress and took the young child with her.

Jones said Me­ston tried to pre­vent her from do­ing so by trap­ping her in the bed­room. She pushed past him, which caused him to trip and both of them fell to the ground. A scuf­fle en­sued be­fore the vic­tim broke away.

While she was on the phone to po­lice, Me­ston picked up a carv­ing knife and threat­ened to hurt him­self be­fore he turned the weapon towards the vic­tim.

As he ap­proached with the knife, the vic­tim fled the house and got into the car, Jones said.

Me­ston pur­sued his part­ner on a push bike and rode into the side of the car be­fore tak­ing off. He was ar­rested a short time later.

On Tues­day, the de­fen­dant pleaded guilty to charges of male as­saults fe­male and pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon.

Lawyer Nathan Bourke said Me­ston suf­fered from bi-po­lar dis­or­der and at the time of the as­sault he had been off his med­i­ca­tion.

Bourke said the de­fen­dant was now liv­ing with his par­ents and his men­tal health had im­proved.

He asked Judge Chris Sy­grove to con­sider a sen­tence of su­per­vi­sion for Me­ston.

Judge Sy­grove sen­tenced Me­ston to a nine month term of su­per­vi­sion along with 100 hours of com­mu­nity work.

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