Thrown knife lodged in man’s skull

Court House-Sept-2013-08A 21-year-old woman admits she angrily threw a knife which lodged in the skull of her partner, but the Christchurch District Court was told the couple are now “working on their relationship”.

Shontelle Vinita Marie Prasad pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to her partner with reckless disregard for his safety.

Defence counsel Serina Bailey said Prasad had had their baby and the couple were working on their relationship and parenting the baby together.

Police prosecutor David Rusbatch said the partner asked Prasad to pick him up from a friend’s house on August 2, because he had been drinking. They had an argument and he pushed her face into the car window, bruising her.

Later he was lying on the couch and Prasad took his cell phone and called a woman who had been contacting him. The woman didn’t answer her, and she picked up a 30cm knife and threw it at her partner. The knife lodged in his skull and he spent several hours in hospital under observation.

Judge John Strettell lifted her name suppression order, and remanded Prasad on bail for sentencing on October 29. He ordered a report to assess Prasad’s suitability for a home detention sentence, and a victim impact report.


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