Assault rap for Sallies staffer

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A Queenstown Salvation Army worker has been convicted of assaulting her husband and a cop. 

Kelvin Heights resident Amy-Clare Howey, 31, was sentenced to 15 months’ supervision after pleading guilty to two charges in Queenstown District Court this week. 

Amy kicked her husband Scott Howey in the head – while holding their two-year-old son in her arms – during an argument about money on September 10 at 8.15pm, the police summary presented in court says. 

The Sallies’ shop assistant had drunk “several glasses” of wine while cooking dinner – and “she was very agitated, blaming the victim for their financial situation”, the summary says. 

Scott – a past co-owner of former Queenstown brothel Candy’s – “has no sight in his right eye and did not see the kick coming as he sat on the couch”. 

Amy phoned police but when she ended up at the police station she refused to comment further. While being processed, she hit an officer in the head “with an open hand as he turned his back”, the summary says. 

It’s not the first time Amy has been in trouble – in 2003 she spent time in jail after being charged with assault with intent to injure. 

That same year she announced plans to start a Wakatipu-based porn film company, but it never happened and she later told Mountain Scene it was a “gross” idea that she regretted. 

Lawyer Phena Byrne told the court Amy acknowledges her drinking problem and will attend an “intensive” treatment programme in Alexandra. 

Byrne says Scott wanted the charge dropped as the pair aimed to resume their relationship. In court on Tuesday, Judge Dominic Flatley decided against a community work sentence in favour of a rehabilitative one. 

“I need to at least attempt to get her some help with this alcohol problem. Otherwise she runs the risk of, at best, causing some harm to Mr Howey, or, at worst, her son,” he says. 

Judge Flatley refused name suppression during sentencing yesterday. 

“There is public interest in this type of offending. There’s certainly interest in domestic violence, which is reaching epidemic levels in New Zealand.”