Jail af­ter threats to ‘rip apart’, eat ex­girl­friend

Otago Daily Times - - COURT - ROB KIDD Court re­porter [email protected]

A DUNEDIN man who threat­ened to eat his ex­girl­friend and ‘‘rip her apart’’ has been jailed for a year.

But the time Damien Te­hira Wal­ters spent in cus­tody means he will be re­leased im­mi­nently, the Dunedin District Court heard last week.

The 29­year­old broke up with the vic­tim on April 15.

‘‘The de­fen­dant has not dealt with the split well,’’ a po­lice sum­mary said.

The next day, Wal­ters told the woman he was go­ing to pick up a firearm from an as­so­ciate.

With that threat loom­ing, in the early hours of April 17, he turned up at a South Dunedin home where his ex­part­ner was with a friend.

She heard bang­ing noises and saw Wal­ters ap­proach­ing the house.

The vic­tim hid in a bed­room while the de­fen­dant smashed a glass slid­ing door.

But be­fore Wal­ters en­tered, he went back on to the street where the woman had parked her car.

He kicked a door panel, caus­ing it to cave in, and smashed two of the win­dows.

He did not find the vic­tim at the ad­dress but be­gan throw­ing her be­long­ings from the house on to the pave­ment.

While do­ing this, he called the vic­tim on her phone and said ‘‘he was go­ing to kill her, eat her, waste her and rip her apart’’.

Wal­ters’ de­par­ture from the scene was not the end of the woman’s or­deal.

He phoned her again shortly af­ter­wards telling her he was go­ing to re­turn, shoot her, shoot at the house and at her home.

Wal­ters pleaded guilty to two counts of in­ten­tional dam­age and one of threat­en­ing to kill as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

He also ad­mit­ted a charge of cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis.

When po­lice were at Wal­ters’ home they found a cup­board that had been con­verted into a min­i­grow room for the class­C drug.

In it were six small plants and a larger one with ‘‘sev­eral large buds’’, the court heard.

De­fence coun­sel Steve Turner said the de­fen­dant had paid for the dam­age he caused and com­pen­sated the vic­tim fur­ther for the trauma she suf­fered.

He told the court Wal­ters had been through res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at Moana House in 2014 and his of­fend­ing — which spanned eight pages of con­vic­tions — had since slowed.

The man now ac­cepted the re­la­tion­ship was over, Mr Turner said.

Along with the prison term, Judge John Mac­don­ald im­posed six months’ re­lease con­di­tions and made a pro­tec­tion or­der in favour of the vic­tim.

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