Stuart Charles Shuttleworth
The Press, 21st August 2007
A commercial fisherman was on bail for a vigilante-style attack on the occupants of his Oamaru house when he got drunk and sexually abused a young girl, a court has been told. The combination of offending yesterday earned a five-year sentence from Justice Panckhurst in the High Court in Christchurch after Stuart Shuttleworth, 40, admitted charges of abduction, two of injuring with intent to injure, male assaults female, indecent assault and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.
The violent offending occurred on September 30, 2005, after Shuttleworth got the news while at sea that his newly renovated and paid for house in Oamaru had been trashed, and some of his property stored there taken. The judge said Shuttleworth had gone to the house to sort out the matters, but found the man who rented the property had left. A man living there was struck with a bottle by Shuttleworth, taken into the lounge and forced to track the tenant down. The tenant was found at his girlfriend's address, confronted about rent arrears, then punched repeatedly and slammed into a car. His girlfriend tried to intervene and she was pushed away.
Meanwhile, police had been called. Beer bottles and a hammer had been used on the victims. "No doubt fuelled by alcohol, you lost it, Mr Shuttleworth, in the way you sought to deal with the problem," the judge said. "Effectively, you employed standover tactics against these three young people in order to get your own way." The judge agreed with defence counsel Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, that the case was effectively Shuttleworth taking the law into his own hands. After the Oamaru offending, Shuttleworth was remanded in custody for 10 months. After being released on bail, he got drunk and committed the sexual offending.
Ablett-Kerr said the case had a convoluted path and Shuttleworth had already spent 22 months in custody. She argued that in relation to the injuring charges, Shuttleworth was under provocation. As for the sexual offending, the day after the main offence he telephoned police to hand himself in. His guilty pleas had spared the complainant the ordeal of giving evidence, she said. The judge said he accepted Shuttleworth must have been provoked by his tenants, but his actions could never be justified. On the sexual offending, he accepted Shuttleworth came clean to police and that he was remorseful and mortified
Date of Birth
1967 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 5 years with a 9 month concurrent term in August 2007
Eligible for parole April 2009
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