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A machete was just one weapon a man possessed after sending dozens of threats to his former partner. (File photo)
The threat of a man to cut off his ex-partner’s foot was bad enough when she knew he was in Australia. But then he was arrested on the outskirts of Napier, with a crossbow, machete and knife.
The man, whose name is withheld, had made dozens of threats to his partner after returning to New Zealand.
Her texts, emails and Facebook messages have become increasingly threatening and violent towards her and her family members in Hawke’s Bay, prompting her to contact the police, a court of appeal ruling said on Monday.
Then, at the end of 2017, he told her that he had a new passport and that he was coming to New Zealand. He texted her and called her to inform her of his arrival.
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She contacted the police again and a squad of armed delinquents stopped her campervan on the outskirts of Napier, where she lived. He had a crossbow and arrows, a machete and a knife, the district court said in evidence.
For five days in district court, the man defended himself for threats of death or grievous bodily harm and possession of offensive weapons.
The judge dismissed claims that the woman sent threatening messages to trap him on his return to New Zealand, and that he would use guns to hunt small game in New Zealand, or that he they were gifts for her brother-in-law.
The judge ruled that the man intended to kill his former partner, or kidnap him and inflict various mutilations on him, including cutting off “his tattooed foot, the one with the silver fern”, an oft-repeated threat. to burn his flesh. face, and cause the “destruction of her beauty”.
The man was found guilty of uttering threats and having weapons, and in April 2019 he was sentenced to six years in prison, with no possibility of parole for at least three years and eight months.
His appeal to the High Court against his convictions and sentence was dismissed in September 2019.
More recently, he asked the Court of Appeal to hear a second appeal. On Monday, the court dismissed the request.
He said the district court judge had convincingly stated the man’s reasons for guilt and nothing was advanced to justify a second appeal.
He saw no reason to revisit the sentence either.
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