Patrick John Williams
From the Christchurch Press 21st August 1997
A man has been found guilty of assaulting an Oxford recluse, who was left in a deep coma. The High Court jury in Christchurch found Patrick John Williams, 39, sickness beneficiary, guilty of assaulting David Archdall Robinson with intent to rob him, and injuring the man with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm. Williams, who denied the charges, was remanded in custody until next month for sentencing. The Crown said that on May 9 Williams, with others, gave David Archdall Robinson a prolonged beating to find out where his cannabis stash was hidden. Mr Robinson refused to tell them. Mr Robinson, known in the Oxford area as a cannabis grower, was found early on May 10 deeply unconscious with severe head and chest injuries, his hands bound with tape. He spent several weeks in hospital.
Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway urged the jury to reject Williams's version of events and said the jurors should be wary of talk about drug rip-offs in the area in the week before the assault. Williams was an active participant in the attack on Mr Robinson and provided the vehicle and enticed the victim from his hut to where he was set upon, Mr Stanaway said. Tony Garrett, defending, said no direct evidence had been presented. The real background to the assault was that everyone in the Oxford area knew Mr Robinson smoked dope, grew it, and was a good cultivator. The prospect of a serious incident involving a cannabis rip-off by armed men in the district earlier in the year was relevant to this case. Jurors could not exclude Williams's version of events that he and Mr Robinson were beaten by armed assailants and Williams deserved an acquittal, Mr Garrett said.
The Dominion, 3rd Aril 1998
THE Court of Appeal does not believe any of Patrick John Williams four stories about a drug world beating he inflicted. Williams had appealed against a 1997 conviction for aggravated robbery and intentionally seriously injuring a man he helped viciously assault to make the victim reveal where a cannabis plantation was. The victim was left close to death with his hands tied after the prolonged beating and still needs further surgery. Dismissing the appeal, Justice Thomas said Williams had given one version to his son, another to a friend, a further story to a detective sergeant and then a fourth version in his written submission to the Court of Appeal.
None of these had been accepted. In the submission Williams admitted he had lied to a detective when he said three or four other men had inflicted the bashing and that he had also been beaten. Justice Thomas said Williams's latest claim, that an organisation he owed money to had forced him to participate in the beating, and that he had tried to help the victim, was also unacceptable. "Overall, this court cannot tolerate the position where an accused, in effect, seeks to adduce fresh evidence on an appeal against sentence which is totally inconsistent with the defence run at trial and which has not been submitted to the sentencing judge. "Even if Williams had played a secondary role in the attack, as he now claimed, the Court of Appeal would not have interfered with the sentences imposed, Justice Thomas said.
Date of Birth
Assaulted David Archdall Robinson with intent to rob him and causing him grevious bodily harm in May 1997
Sentenced to 8 years in September 1997
Unsuccessfully appealed sentence in March 1998
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