A New Zealander who assaulted his then-partner, and burned her with a cigarette, has received a
three-year suspended sentence.
Andrew Matangaro David
Putairi appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta at the Criminal Court
in Avarua on Tuesday. He had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault
with intent to injure.
According to the
summary of facts, read out on in court, Putairi and the victim were enjoying a
lagoon cruise on November 29.
Putairi made advances
towards the victim, which the victim declined. In response, Putairi burnt the
victim’s leg with a cigarette. The victim attempted to get away from Putairi,
but Putairi chased after her and punched her, with the lagoon cruise staff
having to break up the assault.
The victim suffered
facial swelling, burns and bruises from the incident.
Sentencing Putairi, JP
Whitta said the assault was a serious offence and “makes little sense
“You chose to follow
her and assault her at the toilet block. It’s hard to understand, your reasons
for following her are yours to consider alone,” JP Whitta said.
JP Whitta said
Putairi’s use of a cigarette was a “cruel” and “insulting” act, while his “continued
harassment” was an aggravating factor.
included his early guilty plea and the fact it was his first offence, JP Whitta
The starting point for
this offence was six to 12 months’ imprisonment, which could be converted to a
sentence of probation.
“Your situation in New
Zealand means I need to take a second look. You are gainfully employed in New
Zealand, and have three children to look after,” JP Whitta told Putairi.
“I have decided that
probation would be unnecessarily punitive on your family.”
JP Whitta gave Putairi
a three-year suspended sentence, and ordered him to pay $20 in reparations and
$50 in Court costs.
“I accept this offence
is out of character. It is to her credit that the victim has carried on with
her life,” JP Whitta said.
685Paulu Beke on 28/12/2022
Mr Putairi looks like he can’t take no for a answer , He does not look after his kids either JP Whitta he’s been at it for a while this is just his first time getting caught for his disgusting behaviour , It’s a normal thing for Mr Putairi to bash women, Mr Putairi bashed his father a few weeks before this incident in New Zealand. WoWee. What a heck of a ride this nut case has been on , Only ordered to pay $70 what a joke