Man jailed for ostrich egg assault on wife
A New Zealand man who assaulted his wife with an ostrich egg after her pet pig ran amok has been jailed for six months
Phillip Russell lost his temper when he discovered the pig had damaged his power saw.
He verbally abused his wife, spitting at her then grabbed an ostrich egg from the kitchen table and hurled it at her, Fairfax Media reported.
It said Russell, 46, had repeatedly asked his wife to keep the pet pig under control as it had damaged their home, a neighbour's house and council property, but she insisted it should be given free range.
The ostrich egg, the largest type of egg produced by any living bird species, caused bruising to the chest of Russell's wife, the report said.
It said Russell pleaded guilty to charges including assault using an ostrich egg as a weapon over the July 5 incident and and was sentenced to six months jail in Hastings District Court on Wednesday this week.
At an earlier court hearing, Russell's defence lawyer said his client, who has a record of domestic violence, had expected his wife to catch the egg.