A man charged with assaulting his wife and child was told he was on the threshold of going to jail before sentencing.
Tekatau appeared in the High Court at Avarua on Thursday charged with five
counts of assaulting a female, two of assaulting a child, and one of
threatening to do grievous bodily harm.
The court heard
the matter related to incidents over two days in April this year, when in a
course of fits of anger and jealousy, Tekatau punched his wife in the head and
pulled her hair.
During one attack
he attempted to punch his wife and missed, hitting the child instead.
He snatched a
phone off the child and later held the child over the edge of a balcony in a
threat towards his wife.
Tekatau was under
the influence of alcohol.
At 23, it was his
Doherty said Tekatau’s wife had written to the court, saying she had forgiven
him, believing he was a reformed character, and wanting him back.
He had impressed
probation and apologised, while he was described in court as a hard worker.
The Crown had
recommended imprisonment, Justice Doherty said.
“Your lawyer has
filed a submission and highlights your remorse, the fact you have been
co-operative, your personal and financial circumstances.”
features included the length of the time which the assaults were carried out.
“You did it over a
period of some time, I am at a loss to understand your wife’s position,”
Justice Doherty said.
“The court often
hears this; she is however, adamant of your good intentions and your
“This is domestic
violence, and repeated domestic violence.”
pointed out, that what was particularly bad, was the abuse of the child to
threaten his wife.
“You say you are
committed to stopping it, you are on the threshold of jail.
“Sending you to
jail might or might not deter you, but it would revictimise your family.
“You will have to
put your money where your mouth is, as to where you go from here.”
sentenced to 18 months’ probation with 12 months’ community service, ordered
not to purchase or consume alcohol, not to enter licensed premises, and not to
leave the Cook Islands without permission from the court.