Hamish Mitchell McLeish
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From the Christchurch Press June 17th 1997
A first offender was sent to jail for one year yesterday for the aggravated robbery of a prostitute. Hamish Mitchell McLeish, 17, a student, was also sentenced in the Christchurch District Court to supervision for one year by Judge Stephen Erber. McLeish admitted his part in the robbery of the prostitute at 4.10am on June 2. Judge Erber said McLeish and a 16-year-old associate lured the prostitute into McLeish's car and drove her to a car-park where the associate beat her up.
McLeish also hit the prostitute and she was robbed of $104 and a packet of cigarettes. She was hit again by McLeish's associate before being ejected from the car. Judge Erber said the victim was 18 and was saving money for a tertiary course. She suffered a black and swollen eye, a cut nose, and lumps on her head. ''This case is on the cusp of serious violence,'' the judge said.
He could find no basis for excusing the serious crime, despite McLeish's lack of previous convictions and his age. He told McLeish that he could regard the one-year term as a lenient penalty. Counsel Bill McMenamin said McLeish had been drinking with his associate at a nightclub in the city. He said McLeish was a quiet, shy person who was easily influenced by others.
McLeish had not realised the seriousness of the offence at the time it was committed. He had since written a letter of apology to the complainant. Mr McMenamin said a combination of alcohol and stupidity had led to the offending, which he described as a despicable and cowardly attack on a young lady. He said the police summary of facts recorded most of the blows were struck by McLeish's associate.
Date of Birth
25 April 1980
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to twelve months in June 1997
Reduced to three months on appeal
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