Once more we’ve got a pathetic judge who seems to fly in the face of common sense.
A Christchurch man accused of stabbing a man in the head has been granted electronically monitored bail.
Nivard Juan Caine Smith, 20, is accused of stabbing Sam Doyle, also 20, with a 9-centimetre blade outside a party in Flockton St, St Albans, on February 16.
The court heard Smith was on a sentence of intensive supervision when the alleged stabbing occurred.
He still has a year to go for that sentence. He was also on a youth-offender course.
Doyle has double vision as a result of the injury, but the blade missed his eyeball and optic nerve.
Judge Gary MacAskill told Smith he faced a “substantial period of imprisonment” if he was convicted of the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Smith’s lawyer said Smith had never been imprisoned before, and his time in custody while on remand had been “significant for him”.
So what the judge is saying is although;
You were serving a sentence of intensive supervision (not that intense as you managed to high tail off to a party!) you still felt you could stab someone in the head with a long kitchen knife, that you had to go out of your way to find, because apparently you didn’t take it with you!
And although the victim fears for his safety if you’re bailed, you have previous convictions for breach of bail, you’re still under supposed intensive supervision for a previous unknown offence and you’re likely to intimidate witnesses the judge feels that on balance you can still get bail!
Apparently the bail includes very strict conditions; are they the same sort of conditions he’s ignored under his intensive supervision?
Unless the electronic tag he has sends 50,000 volts through him if he tries to leave his house I don’t suppose this idiot will worry too much about the conditions.
I’m just waiting for the follow up story where we find his victim beaten up or worse and then everyone acts so surprised it happened!