I noticed that there was a large media scrum outside the district court this morning as I walked to work. Seems that Tony Veitch has pleaded guilty to reckless disregard causing injury while the six charges of assault against him have been dropped. I suspect that rather than a sudden epiphany that his decision was motivated by the lengthy wait for a trail may have been the impetus for his decision.
The person I feel most sorry for in all this was the woman he hit who suffered not only at the hands of her attackers but his PR team who used the Sunday papers as their medium for further bullying. I'm not surprised she has gone overseas.
What annoys me the most about this whole case has been the meme 'she asked for it.' I'm not going to pretend that because Kirsten is a woman she is perfect, but rather that it shouldn't matter if Veitch found her in his bed with his best mate or she made a comment about smallness. To me there is no acceptable use of violence other than to defend yourself against a real physical threat. Other than that we need to stop slapping pastel paint on domestic violence with terms like 'lashing out' 'ignited' and call it for what it really is, assault. I have no doubt that Veitch suffered hardship from this incident but he made the choice to assault her rather than to walk away.
Veitch will undoubtedly get a token sentence, go to some anger management classes and declare himself a changed man. Given that his history, I really hope he does. The actions of his PR team, and his non-apology lead me to believe he won't.
Update: Kristin Dunne-Power's victim impact statement makes for sobering reading but will no doubt be drowned in a sea of crocodile tears about her poor former partner.