Donald Peter James Wright
From Otago Daily Times story 30th July 2004
A life parolee was sent to jail when he appeared for sentence in the Oamaru District Court yesterday. Donald Peter James Wright, aged 48, unemployed, of Oamaru, was found guilty earlier this month of assaulting a female, whose name was suppressed, and threatening to injure Michael Smith, in Oamaru on January 19. Yesterday, Wright pleaded guilty of a charge of breaching parole. He was on life parole after being sentenced to jail in 1978.
Judge Gary MacAskill said that had been a serious conviction that had resulted in life imprisonment. One of the conditions of his release had been that he was not to consume alcohol and he had breached that condition on January 19. On that day, he had been seen by Mr Smith punching the victim on the neck with a closed fist. After she had doubled over, leaning against a shed, he had punched her about the body in a "punch bag type motion". Wright later had yelled abuse and threats outside Mr Smith’s address. Wright’s counsel, Michael de Buyzer, said the victim had never complained of injuries and no medical attention had been sought. The relationship between the victim and Wright continued.
Judge MacAskill said alcohol continued to be an underlying factor in Wright’s offending. However, apart from having an alcohol problem, violence had not been a feature of his day to day conduct. He was highly thought of by people in the community and a good parent. Judge MacAskill sentenced Wright to nine months imprisonment on the assault charge and six weeks imprisonment concurrent on each of the other two charges. An application had been made to the New Zealand Parole Board for Wright to be recalled and the decision had been reserved.
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1957 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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