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Rotorua man jailed for vicious assault

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/05/2016

A Rotorua man who repeatedly stabbed his partner in the face with a large knife on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to six years and eight months behind bars.

Lance Te Manawa Walker, 36, was initially charged with attempted murder but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He also admitted breaching a protection order she had taken out against him

The court had heard a very drunk Walker accused the woman of starting a relationship with another man, prompting her to phone police and run into the street.

Walker grabbed a 25cm knife and followed her while screaming Black Power slogans and profanities.

He grabbed her and forced her to the ground with the knife at her throat.

The woman, who has permanent name suppression, managed to grab the knife and wrestle it away from Walker but the blade broke when he repeatedly stabbed her in the face and stomped on her.

When she attempted to get up, he had dragged her saying "I'll kill you, you bitch".

High Court Justice Matthew Muir said domestic violence in all forms is the scourge of New Zealand's communities and society in general while handing down the sentence in Rotorua on Monday.

"She genuinely believed she was going to die," Justice Muir said.

Walker received six years and eight months for the wounding charge and six months for the protection breach with the sentences to be served concurrently.

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