AN Opotiki man has accepted that he needs help with anger and alcohol after appearing in the Whakatane District Court yesterday.

Waiotahe resident, Christopher James Robinson, 24, appeared for sentencing on one charge of assault on a person in a family relationship after striking his partner with a closed fist.

Defence lawyer Gene Tomlinson said his client was eager to engage with rehabilitative courses that might assist with unresolved anger issues.

Mr Tomlinson continued, advocating for a sentence of supervision so that Robinson was able to engage with the relevant resources as he has a consistent issue with substance abuse.

“He needs further assistance for his anger management,” Mr Tomlinson said.

Robinson had recently served a 12-month home detention sentence for burglary and Mr Tomlinson said this encouraged Robinson to engage with rehabilitative resources previously provided by the court “which had helped”.

Judge Christopher Harding said that the rate of family harm call-outs to Robinson’s home was concerning, with 20 separate incidents recorded, and that his past record shows a “huge amount of oversight”.

Judge Harding added that Robinson’s partner does not feel at risk and doesn’t want to file a protection order against him.

Robinson was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision and 60 hours of community work.
Judge Harding granted a sentence of supervision, but not without a stern warning for any future offending.

“Make it clear, if there is another repetition of similar offending, you will most certainly go to jail,” Judge Harding said.

“You need to take this opportunity to improve.”