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Paget man fined $1,000 for punching woman

A man who repeatedly punched a woman in the face, causing her to require stitches to her eyelid, was fined $1,000 in Magistrates’ Court.

Ambrose Hill admitted punching Charee Butterfield, but insisted he did so only after she attacked him.

“She touched me first,” the 32-year-old Paget resident said. “I just snapped.”

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said that Hill and his former girlfriend got into an argument at her home around 11.55am on May 25.

Ms Butterfield, his girlfriend’s friend, attempted to separate the two.

Hill grabbed Ms Butterfield in a headlock and repeatedly punched her in the face before fleeing the area.

She was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with cuts and bruises to her face.

Doctors placed several stitches inside and outside her right eyelid, to repair the damage.

Yesterday Hill pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

However he insisted he only attacked Ms Butterfield because she jumped on him and punched him in the back of the head. He said he only struck her once.

Said magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo: “You think the appropriate response was to grab her by her neck and punch her a couple of times?”

He fined Hill $1,000 for the offence.

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Published March 17, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 17, 2012 at 8:10 am)

Paget man fined $1,000 for punching woman

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