The lawyer for a man accused of hitting his partner in the face with a hammer and beating her while she was pregnant says some events have been greatly exaggerated.
Haranui Harris faces 51 charges over an eight-year period ending in 2009, including a number of serious assaults.
During the two-week trial in the Auckland High Court, the jury has heard of a number of incidents of what the Crown describes as extreme violence.
Mr Harris is accused of hitting his partner in the face with a hammer and beating her while she was pregnant.
The Crown also alleges that he tied her hair to a towbar, and drove about 20 metres with her dragged behind.
In closing submissions on Friday, Mr Harris's lawyer Quentin Duffy says although the couple had a volatile and dysfunctional relationship, the woman has greatly exaggerated some events.
Mr Duffy says she was also a woman scorned at the time of making her statements to police and jealous of other women in Mr Harris' life.
He says the Crown's painting of his client as a character from the movie Once Were Warriors is not accurate.
The judge will make closing remarks on Monday, before the jury retires to deliberate.