Addict given home detention after strangling pregnant Taranaki woman

New Plymouth District Court.

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New Plymouth District Court.

A convicted methamphetamine dealer with a decades long addiction has been handed a home detention sentence after he strangled a heavily pregnant woman.

Stanley Joseph Sole, 46, lifted the 23-week pregnant woman off the ground for around 20 seconds with his hands around her throat at his Taranaki home.

After throwing her to the ground, Sole repeated the attack, this time for longer.

While he was the father of the child, Sole did not consider himself in a romantic relationship with her.

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The New Plymouth District Court heard the woman subsequently spent five days in hospital under observation after suffering a placental bleed following the January assault.

She described the attack as terrifying.

Sole has an extensive history of drug offending, including being sentenced to five years jail in 2005 for conspiracy to supply methamphetamine following an extensive undercover police operation.

Judge Gregory Hikaka said the victim considered herself lucky to be alive.

He sentenced Sole to 12 months’ home detention, ordered he pay the victim $1000 emotional harm reparation.

He also ordered Sole to undertake ongoing drug testing while he was being electronically monitored.

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