Dale Darren Waikato
The Press (Christchurch) 26th May 2006
A woman called police after she heard her daughter being beaten by her partner. Dale Anthony Waikato later telephoned the victim while he was on remand in jail to prevent her making a statement to police, Judge Murray Abbott said in the Christchurch District Court yesterday. Waikato, 33, was jailed for two years and two months after he was found guilty of injuring with intent to injure, three counts of breaching a protection order, and assault. He admitted a charge of theft.
The judge said that on December 21, Waikato was seen by a cyclist attacking his partner in Avonside Drive, Christchurch. While he was on bail for that, Waikato stole a wallet from a motorist who gave him a lift, and on February 8 attacked his partner again, but much more seriously.Waikato shoved her into a wall, causing a hole. Then the victim's mother heard her daughter getting beaten in a bedroom and called the police.Photographs revealed the extent of injury, and clearly Waikato intended to harm, the judge said.
"You have eight previous assault- related convictions, the most recent in 2005, and have a tendency to act violently, especially when you have been drinking. "It was also clear Waikato's response to community-based sentences had been "extremely negative", the judge said. It was an aggravating factor that most of the crimes occurred while Waikato was subject to a protection order and on bail, the judge said. Lawyer Paul Johnson said there was a degree of provocation from the victim, and Waikato had been a good father and provider for his children over the years. Waikato was ordered to pay $100 reparation for the stolen wallet.
The Press (Christchurch) 8th November 2006
An assault victim who struck his head after he was bashed to the ground came close to death, a court has been told. Dale Anthony Waikato, 33, a serving prisoner, who was found guilty by a Christchurch District Court jury of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard for safety, was jailed for three years with a minimum term of two years by Judge Brian Callaghan for the assault.
The sentence was made cumulative on Waikato's existing term of two years two months for injuring with intent, handed down for a violent attack on his partner. The judge said medical evidence showed if the victim had not received an immediate operation for the brain injury, he would have died. Both men were drinking at a Christchurch bar when the victim went outside for a smoke. Without warning, Waikato punched him to the side of the face and in falling the victim struck his head on the right side, resulting in the life-threatening injury.
Waikato claimed self-defence but the jury "quite rightly" rejected that, the judge said. "At the end of the day this was a cowardly attack on a man who had no reason, at that point in time, to think he had anything to fear from you," he said. The victim told the court he was left with about 25 per cent loss of mobility, and lack of normal motor skills down one side. He spoke of emotional harm, having spent a long time in hospital and being left out of pocket for medical expenses. Reparation was a "forlorn hope", the judge said.
Waikato was clearly responsible for the injuries, making a starting point of three years appropriate. There was a slight element of mitigation in that Waikato had been previously assaulted by the victim, but it did not amount to self-defence. It was clear Waikato was prone to violence, and was already serving a jail term for serious violence. Given his criminal history and the harm inflicted, a minimum non-parole term was justified, the judge said.
Dale Anthony Waikato
Date of Birth
Assaulted and injured his partner with intent in Christchurch in December 2005 and February 2006 respectively
And grevious bodily harm with reckless disregard for safety of another man, also breaching a protection order and theft from a motorist
Has violent convictions dating back to the 1990's
Sentenced to 5 years 2 months with a 3 year 1 month non-parole period in May 2006
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