No jail for the guy who beat up his step-daughters rapist

There will be no jail for the guy who beat up his step-daughters rapist, but he did get a conviction, when he should have got a medal:

The Kapiti man who beat up his stepdaughter’s rapist had acted “out of love”, the Wellington District Court heard this morning.

It followed a solemn night in the defendant’s house last night as he and his family faced the prospect of him being sent to prison for the attack.

This morning he told his daughter: “If I don’t come home you might not see me for a couple of weeks.”

Judge Peter Butler told the defendant this morning he would put his family out of their misery, saying he would not send the man to prison – but nor would he discharge him without conviction.

He noted the man has previous convictions and sentenced him to 240 hours of community work, saying the victim’s injuries were “superficial”.

The man was convicted this year after assaulting his daughter’s rapist, Jason Haward, who was sentenced to seven years and six months’ jail in February this year.

Defence lawyer Peter Foster said the stepfather should be discharged without conviction as the assault was out of “frustration” at “police inaction”, and was also “primarily out of love”.

“A conviction for someone like this who hasn’t offended for some time is going to cause difficulties,” Foster said.

The defendant did not want an electronically monitored sentence, as he believed it would negatively affect his stepdaughter.

“The offending was not premeditated but it was just opportunistic,” Foster said.

“He’s a man, as I said before, acting spontaneously out of love for his stepdaughter.”

Foster said the defendant showed no remorse in a pre-sentence report, but felt a comment to the probation officer had been taken out of context.

“Though he’s not sorry for what he’s done, he wouldn’t do it again.

I don’t think he should have even got the sentence he did. He acted mainly due to his perception that the Police and the courts leave victims swinging.

 

-NZ Herald


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