In the Taranaki Daily News
A man who kicked his pregnant partner in the stomach “like a rugby ball” screaming he wanted to kill the baby has been sent to jail. Toani Mark James, 24, appeared in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to be sentenced on charges of wounding with intent, assault with intent to injure and breaking a protection order. Judge Allan Roberts said James was a recidivist violent offender who had numerous convictions for assaulting his partner.
If Three Strikes had been introduced earlier, his partner may never have had to endure this serious assault.
James was sentenced to two years in prison and given a first strike warning.
In Family First’s submission on the Three Strikes legislation, we actually argued that previous violent offences should be aggregated
Three or less violent offences within the past 10 years would count as one strike. Four or more violent offences within the past 10 years would count as two strikes. Recidivist violent offenders should not be given a clean slate. Families must be protected.
It’s difficult to see how anyone could argue against Three Strikes legislation when you see these types of cases.