Punched man’s teeth out, hit car with an axe

A woman who knocked out a man’s two front teeth then skited about it on Facebook has been found guilty of assault with intent to injure.

Faithjoui Keil-Robinson’s claim she acted in self-defence was rejected by Judge Haamiora Raumati, who heard the case at a judge-alone trial in Gisborne District Court this week.

However, he cleared Keil-Robinson of an associated charge of assault with a weapon — an axe, preferring her version of what took place surrounding that matter to that of the complainant.

On the assault with intent to injure and a related charge of wilful damage, to which Keil-Robinson, 31, pleaded guilty at the outset of the hearing, she was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 11.

For the charges against Keil-Robinson to succeed, police needed to prove she was not acting in self-defence or that if she was, the force she used was unreasonable in the circumstances as she understood them to be.

The court heard the pair were drinking together with another woman (not called to give evidence by either party) at Keil-Robinson’s Grundy Street property in the early hours of January 24 last year.

At the time, the complanant and his girlfriend were living in a camper truck at the front of the property and paying Keil-Robinson board.

Keil-Robinson became enraged by a comment he made and punched him numerous times in the face.

She only stopped after he spat out two teeth.

He and his girlfriend left.

Keil-Robinson, who elected to give evidence in her defence, admitted she had tried to use force in hitting him that night and that was reflected by his injuries, the judge said.

She gloated on Facebook about having knocked out his teeth. The nature of the post negated her claim to the court she was fearful of him.

On the contrary, it was essentially a declaration of war.

Her contention he accessed her profile and made the post himself was implausible, the judge said.

The second charge against Keil-Robinson (assault with a weapon) had arisen after another altercation between the pair later that same morning.

The man returned to the property about 11.30am.

He had with him a crow bar that could only have been intended as a weapon, Judge Raumati said.

Keil-Robinson chased him off with a tomahawk she kept on her front doorstep to chop kindling.

The man and his girlfriend fled to the police station in her car. As they left, Keil-Robinson brought the axe down on a metal pillar between the driver-side passenger window and rear windscreen. The pillar was dented (resulting in the wilful damage charge).

Judge Raumati found his claim he only returned to the property to collect gear he needed for work that day, implausible.

If that were so, he had no reason to knock on the door of the house at the rear, where Keil-Robinson lived.

Keil-Robinson’s claim he arrived there aggressively and demanded a refund of his most recent board payment was more likely, the judge said.

In that circumstance, it was possible Keil-Robinson had acted in self-defence.

Police had not proved otherwise.

A woman who knocked out a man’s two front teeth then skited about it on Facebook has been found guilty of assault with intent to injure.

Faithjoui Keil-Robinson’s claim she acted in self-defence was rejected by Judge Haamiora Raumati, who heard the case at a judge-alone trial in Gisborne District Court this week.

However, he cleared Keil-Robinson of an associated charge of assault with a weapon — an axe, preferring her version of what took place surrounding that matter to that of the complainant.

On the assault with intent to injure and a related charge of wilful damage, to which Keil-Robinson, 31, pleaded guilty at the outset of the hearing, she was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 11.

For the charges against Keil-Robinson to succeed, police needed to prove she was not acting in self-defence or that if she was, the force she used was unreasonable in the circumstances as she understood them to be.

The court heard the pair were drinking together with another woman (not called to give evidence by either party) at Keil-Robinson’s Grundy Street property in the early hours of January 24 last year.

At the time, the complanant and his girlfriend were living in a camper truck at the front of the property and paying Keil-Robinson board.

Keil-Robinson became enraged by a comment he made and punched him numerous times in the face.

She only stopped after he spat out two teeth.

He and his girlfriend left.

Keil-Robinson, who elected to give evidence in her defence, admitted she had tried to use force in hitting him that night and that was reflected by his injuries, the judge said.

She gloated on Facebook about having knocked out his teeth. The nature of the post negated her claim to the court she was fearful of him.

On the contrary, it was essentially a declaration of war.

Her contention he accessed her profile and made the post himself was implausible, the judge said.

The second charge against Keil-Robinson (assault with a weapon) had arisen after another altercation between the pair later that same morning.

The man returned to the property about 11.30am.

He had with him a crow bar that could only have been intended as a weapon, Judge Raumati said.

Keil-Robinson chased him off with a tomahawk she kept on her front doorstep to chop kindling.

The man and his girlfriend fled to the police station in her car. As they left, Keil-Robinson brought the axe down on a metal pillar between the driver-side passenger window and rear windscreen. The pillar was dented (resulting in the wilful damage charge).

Judge Raumati found his claim he only returned to the property to collect gear he needed for work that day, implausible.

If that were so, he had no reason to knock on the door of the house at the rear, where Keil-Robinson lived.

Keil-Robinson’s claim he arrived there aggressively and demanded a refund of his most recent board payment was more likely, the judge said.

In that circumstance, it was possible Keil-Robinson had acted in self-defence.

Police had not proved otherwise.

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