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Tony Gerald Albert Hihi pleaded guilty to assault on a person in a family relationship and a breach of community work. He received 50 hours community work and nine months supervision.

The assault on his partner of seven years was the first such offence for Hihi. It involved him grabbing the woman by the forehead, pushing her to the ground and kicking her in the side.

The judge accepted counsel Leighvi Maynard’s submission Hihi felt he was shouldering a disproportionate responsibility for family matters and simply lost control. Hihi had completed the community work sentence he breached.

Stopped when police noticed his car swerving, a driver already on bail for a high-level drink-driving offence told officers he had consumed two 12-pack boxes of beer.

Brodi Hiroki, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of drink-driving (1078 micrograms and 1033mcg) and two breaches of bail. He was sentenced to four months community detention and nine months supervision, and was disqualified from driving for six months with zero-alcohol licence provisions to follow.

The two driving charges were his second and third drink-drive offences, within the past three years.