From the Northern Advocate 9th November 2009
A Ruakaka man who stabbed a partygoer several times with a broken beer bottle has been sentenced to three years in jail. Shaun Waipouri, 20, a sickness beneficiary, appeared for sentencing before Judge Graeme Noble in the Whangarei District Court on Friday. He had earlier pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The victim received significant injuries in the attack at Thomas St, off Vinegar Hill Rd, on August 23.
Waipouri and the victim, who knew each other, had arrived at a birthday party on Vinegar Hill Rd about 10pm on August 22. About 5am on August 23 the pair argued on the road outside the party and later met in Thomas St, where Waipouri hit the other man on the head with a beer bottle, breaking the glass. Waipouri then stabbed the man's face and head with the broken neck of the bottle, grabbed his hair and pushed him to the ground, and kicked him four times on his head and body. During the assault, Waipouri cut both of the man's hands with the broken bottle.
The victim received serious injuries and underwent surgery at Whangarei Hospital. He had been stabbed three times on his forehead, once to his left shoulder, three times to his back, and had a nerve cut on his face that left him with no feeling on that side. When Waipouri was found on September 2 he told police he had been drunk and "just lost it". Judge Noble said aggravating features included the degree of violence, serious injuries, use of a weapon and attacks to the head. He fixed a starting term of six years but reduced it by three years after considering Waipouri's age, his remorse and co-operation with police.
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Grievous bodily harm on another man in Tikipunga, Whangarei in August 2009
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to three years in November 2009
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