Aaron John Cammock
Sentenced to 7 years 6 months in July 2000
Unsuccessfully appealed in September 2000
Due for release July 2005
From the Southland Times 01/08/2000
Jason Ernest Milford, 22, and Michael James Curry, 20, were sentenced last Thursday to eight and a half years in jail for their part in the brutal bashing of a 16-year-old schoolboy. The pair admitted having caused grievous bodily harm to John Beattie, not attempted murder as reported in one of the articles on Friday.
From the Southland Times 28/07/2000
Two Road Knight gang associates were jailed for eight and a half years for their part in a "ferocious, animal-like" attack on a schoolboy when they appeared before Justice Chisholm, of Christchurch , in the High Court at Invercargill yesterday. John Beattie had been left for dead and without prompt specialist medical care would have died, Justice Chisholm said when imposing sentence. Jason Ernest Milford, 22, and Michael James Curry, 20, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to John Melvin Beattie at Invercargill on February 27. Counsel Bill Dawkins, acting for Curry, submitted that the seven and a half year sentence handed down in June to the third attacker, 22-year-old Aaron John Cammock, had been excessive. It was a submission that Milford 's counsel, Kevin Phillips, of Queenstown, also adopted.
Justice Chisholm ruled otherwise, describing the attack on John Beattie as unprovoked, ferocious and animal-like. It had been an extraordinarily arrogant attack by a Road Knights gang group with racist over-tones involving exceptional violence and causing serious injury, he said. From the time of the assault until the present day there had been attempts to intimidate witnesses, Justice Chisholm said. Crown prosecutor John Young said both Milford and Curry had previous convictions for violent crime, including -- in Curry's case - - an unprovoked assault on a Maori youth at Gore in February 1999 while he was on parole. The intimidation had necessitated costly anonymity procedures for 19 witnesses, Mr Young said. Because of the jail terms imposed, Justice Chisholm remitted outstanding fines of $3470 owed by Milford and $65 owed by Curry. Counsel indicated the length of the jail term may be appealed.
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Grevious Bodily Harm on John Beattie in Invercargill in February 2000, an unprovoked and racially motivated attack
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