A well-known Kiwi actor has been sentenced in a domestic violence case.
The man, who has name suppression, was sentenced to six months of supervision and 70 hours of community work in the North Shore District Court for assaulting his wife.
The man pleaded guilty in November to the offence of male assaults female.
It happened last June after the woman took herself home after the pair had an argument at a restaurant.
The man arrived later, waking her up, and spitting in her face. He told her they would not be travelling to Australia before going and having a drink.
After discovering the woman had hid their passports, the entertainer grabbed her by the neck and placed her in a headlock. He then began punching himself in the face with her hands.
The man has completed an anti-violence programme and his actions were described by his lawyer, Paul Wicks WC, as being out of character.
The Judge declined name suppression but gave interim suppression for 20 days for the defence to apply for permanent suppression.