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Home Detention For Woman Who Stabbed Partner

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Tauranga, Feb 9 NZPA - A Te Puke woman who stabbed her partner with a knife and hit him with a log of wood because he would not get up and help her with their three young children has been sentenced to eight months' home detention.

Andrea Maraea Nelson, 21, was also ordered to do 320 hours' community work when she appeared before Judge Louis Bidois in Tauranga District Court today on charges of wounding with intent to injure, assault with a knife and assault with a blunt instrument.

Nelson, who pleaded guilty late last year, told police she was so angry with the victim that she "went nuts".

She will have to undertake counselling for anger management and pay $750 emotional harm reparation to her former partner who, the court heard, has since moved to Australia.

According to the victim impact report, the man was scared and had never seen Nelson so angry, said Judge Bidois.

The stabbing could have potentially been fatal, he said.

About 7am on November 3 last year, Nelson asked her partner to get out of bed and help ready their six-year-old for school, but he refused.

She punched him a number of times in the back before he rose and lifted their crying seven-week-old from her cot.

During the argument that followed Nelson punched, scratched and bit the man as he held the baby.

In the kitchen, she picked up a 30cm carving knife and taunted him, poking him in the stomach and back and saying she wanted to kill him.

Moving into the lounge, Nelson grabbed a log of firewood and threw it at her partner, hitting him in the back of the head.

More pieces of wood followed before he pushed her over in self defence. She got up and tried to punch him again before throwing a glass mirror, narrowly missing him.

Fearing for his and the children's safety, the victim left the house. He needed stitches for a stab wound to his thigh.

Lawyer Liz Jamieson said her client had been suffering from sleep deprivation and her partner, who had been taunting her, would not help with the children aged six and three years, and seven weeks.

Nelson regarded herself as having been a victim of abuse and "just snapped", said Mrs Jamieson.

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