The Dominion Post | Saturday, 08 November 2008
A woman whose brain was pierced by a boning knife thrown from 11 metres away tried to pull it out, slicing her fingers. The 20-year-old from Palmerston North believed she was going to die as she was flown to Wellington Hospital with the blade embedded in her head, a court has been told. Dion Whakarau, now 18, pleaded guilty to wounding with reckless disregard. He had been drinking home-brew vodka at a party and became paranoid over text messages his girlfriend received.
He was told to leave, and returned drunk with the boning knife, which had a 13.5-centimetre blade, early on February 1. He was on the footpath in Fitzherbert Ave and the victim, his girlfriend's flatmate, was on the balcony on the second storey. She stood up on a deckchair to talk to him but he became enraged and threw the knife. The blade, penetrated eight millimetres into her brain.Emergency surgery removed the knife.
Judge Alastair Garland said the victim was deeply traumatised. "She tried to pull the knife out of her head herself but ended up cutting her fingers and hands," Judge Garland said. "She was convinced she was going to die." The woman had a fractured skull, suffered headaches and was constantly tired. "She lost her jobs, her income, her flat and her independence." Whakarau, who was in breach of his bail and serving a community sentence at the time, told a probation officer he was gutted that he had hurt the woman. Judge Garland sentenced him to two years and two months' jail.
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Wounding a 20 year old Palmerston North woman with reckless disregard in February 2008
A knife thrown at her, causing the piercing of her brain, slicing her fingers
Was out on bail for common assault at the time
Sentenced to just 2 years 2 months in November 2008
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