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Hammer used in attack

A Wairoa man has admitted injuring a woman by stomping on her head and hitting her about the head and body with a hammer.

Richard Charles Smith, 54, forest worker, pleaded guilty on arraignment to an amended charge of injuring with reckless disregard just ahead of a jury trial previously scheduled for this week in Gisborne District Court.

The charge — a representative one — does not qualify for a Three Strikes warning.

Judge Warren Cathcart further remanded Smith in custody for sentence on March 12.

A pre-sentence report traversing electronically-monitored sentence options was ordered.

Smith has been in custody since the incident, on January 30 of last year.