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A man with family violence convictions in six of the past seven years has, for the first time, asked for help to control his anger problems.

Inia James Kauri? was sentenced in the Levin District Court, sitting in Palmerston North, on Monday to 18 months’ jail for assault with intent to injure, breaching a protection order and release conditions, and dangerous driving.

Kauri, who was convicted of family violence in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019, committed his latest offences in January.

He was on release conditions after leaving prison in May 2019, having served time for domestic violence against his partner.

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The pair had been in a relationship for about five years before the January assault.

They were in her Foxton home when Kauri became angry, took her phone and demanded the passcode.

She refused and tried to leave in her car, but he pushed her from the driver’s seat into the front passenger’s seat.

She then went into the house, where Kauri hit her face and head repeatedly, causing her nose and mouth to bleed, while demanding the passcode.

She was unable to breathe at one stage as blood blocked her airway.

Kauri left the property and was wanted by police, but it did not stop him driving past his partner’s house three days later beeping his horn and parking on the verge outside.

A nearby police patrol tried to stop Kauri, but he drove along Foxton Shannon Rd at speed to avoid arrest.

Defence lawyer Daniel O’Neill? said Kauri wanted to understand why he ended up in the same situation again and again.

“He is a young guy really struggling to understand his behaviour.”

But he had sought help since being arrested, with O’Neill saying he hoped some kind of intervention would be a “circuit breaker” for Kauri.

“He is a young man trying to get out and get himself better.”

Judge Stephanie Edwards? said Kauri’s previous convictions for family violence and him being on release conditions at the time of his latest crimes were clearly aggravating.

It was encouraging he had asked for help, she said.

“The best thing you have done is to reach out.”

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