Duncan Ross Anderson
A 33-year-old man who assaulted a woman twice, bound her hands with duct tape, wrapped her face in cling-wrap, and punched her has been sentenced to jail for 31 months.
In the Christchurch District Court today, Duncan Ross Anderson was also sentenced for previous charges he was on home detention for when he assaulted the woman.
Defence counsel Gerald Lascelles said the attack was inexplicable and irrational, but driven by drugs.
He said Anderson was intelligent and articulate, and if he could give up his lifestyle of drugs, he would do well.
Anderson was in a highly emotional state at the time of the assaults, Lascelles said, and that was the catalyst for the attack. There was no premeditation or planning and when he arrived at the woman's house, he was confused and disorientated.
He said that Anderson had been in custody for 11-and-a-half of the last 14 years.
Judge David Saunders sentenced Anderson on charges of unlawfully taking a car, receiving stolen property, 10 charges of theft from cars, two charges of assault, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and breaching his home detention sentence by being kicked out of an Odyssey House drug programme.
He said Anderson took a bike from the woman's property, then returned the next day and assaulted her in two separate incidents, under the influence of drugs.
The police summary said Anderson argued with the woman and pushed her. He left the house and she phoned the police, but he climbed back in through a window and punched her in the face.
She was taken to hospital for treatment to swelling and bruising, but when she got home Anderson was again at the property. He then carried her into a bedroom and bound her wrists with duct tape.
He removed the tape as she said she thought her wrist was broken and she ran into the kitchen. He then took her back into the bedroom, punched her again and wrapped cling-wrap around her face and mouth, but left her nose exposed so that she could breathe.
Police caught Anderson trying to leave the house on the stolen bike, and the woman still had the cling-wrap on her face.
Judge Saunders said people recognised that Anderson was not unintelligent, and that he needed to overcome the curse of the drug problem he had. The judge recommended he take the rehabilitation programmes offered to him.
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