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Fijian Freezing Worker Broke Coffee Table With Head, Damaged Wife’s Hearing

New Zealand Fijian Jone Vuetaki’s wife told a judge at Timaru District Court  she could not take his violence any longer. After smashing a wooden coffee table with his forehead,
29 May 2016 14:47
Fijian Freezing Worker Broke Coffee Table With Head, Damaged Wife’s Hearing
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New Zealand Fijian Jone Vuetaki’s wife told a judge at Timaru District Court  she could not take his violence any longer.

After smashing a wooden coffee table with his forehead, Jone Vuetaki slapped his wife’s face so hard she went deaf.

The Timaru freezing worker admitted the slap to police at the time, but denied a charge at Timaru District Court on Wednesday of assaulting a female.

While the 26-year-old was at rugby practice on November 2, his wife saw text messages on his phone suggesting infidelity.

“During the row which followed he used what his wife called his “signature move”, a slap to the back of her head, twice.

The hardest slap, which left her with bruises and hearing loss from a perforated eardrum which lasted months, came while she was holding their baby.

At the time, Vuetaki denied the claims, and repeated his denials before Judge Joanna Maze in court.

His estranged wife, however, said she had endured abuse from Vuetaki for years, and the incident ended their relationship.

Sobbing as she gave evidence from behind a screen, the woman said her husband had asked for her forgiveness after hitting her and insulting her.

“I told him that I couldn’t take the abuse any more and that I couldn’t handle walking on eggshells any more and that it was affecting our daughter as well.”

Both recalled how Jone Vuetaki repeatedly slammed his head into their wooden coffee table until it broke.

His wife said when she agreed to take back what she had said, he told her to pack his bags for him before slapping her on the back of the head again.

Vuetaki said it was his wife who was yelling, and claimed he caused bruises to her jaw by accidentally knocking her when standing up after smashing the table.

Constable David Phiskie read from his notebook, which stated Vuetaki ran from the couple’s home in Timaru’s West End and said “I slapped her.”

An unsigned typed transcript of Phiskie’s notes which defence lawyer Jay Lovely presented to the court suggested Vuetaki actually said “I stopped her”, but Phiskie dismissed that as a typographical error.

Although Lovely suggested Phiskie might have been confused by his Fiji-born client’s accent, the constable said he recalled being taken aback by the admission.

A minute later, when he asked Vuetaki again, he denied laying a hand on his wife.

“She lies, she lies. It will affect my visa,” Phiskie reported Vuetaki as saying.

The judge found Jone Vuetaki’s denials lacked credibility and reliability.

“It is, in a sense, an unnecessary finding because the balance of the corroboration is overwhelming.”

Following his client’s conviction, Lovely told the court he had attempted to ask Vuetaki’s immigration adviser about the visa implications of the convictions but had not received a response.

The judge remanded Vuetaki on bail to appear for sentencing on August 2.

 

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