New Zealand Police v Hakopa [2017] NZDC 16469

Published 19 December 2017

Assault with intent to injure — male assaults female — breach of community work — driving whilst forbidden — breach bail — strangulation — domestic violence — sentencing. The defendant and the victim were engaged in a heated argument over her wearing short shorts. The defendant threw the victim on the bed, grabbed her by the throat and applied pressure to her neck so that she struggled to breathe. On a second occasion the defendant punched the victim to her face causing injury. The court noted that strangulation is recognised as one of the most dangerous forms of violence and the defendant was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 26 July 2017 * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *