Jail for birthday party violence

Rangiora-sign2A man has been jailed for 14 months for violence and a firearms incident at a child’s birthday party at Rangiora in December.

Marcus Noel Read Cuthbert, 36, was jailed by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll at his Christchurch District Court sentencing, after admitting three charges in April.

The jail term will be followed by six months of standard and special prison release conditions.

Judge O’Driscoll ordered the destruction of the air rifle involved in the offending and issued a final protection order for one of the women victims.

Cuthbert expressed an interest in attending rehabilitation programmes during the jail term.

Cuthbert had earlier admitted charges of assaulting a woman, assault with intent to injure, and presenting a firearm at a person.

He was at the party on December 12 when he took one victim’s son to his van, and then told his mother that the boy wanted to speak to her.

When she was walking to the van Cuthbert grabbed her by the throat, then shoved her in the chest. She ran inside the address, and the second victim came out and spoke to Cuthbert. Cuthbert took an air rifle out of his boot and pointed it at the man.

Cuthbert drove away from the address with the boy in the car but arrived back about five minutes later.

He started arguing with the woman again, who tried to take the keys off him while he was sitting in the driver’s seat. Cuthbert grabbed her hand and bit it, shaking his head from side to side, then drove away again.

The woman suffered chunks of skin missing from her hand, and bruising around her neck and face.

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