Dad’s mercy saves son who stabbed him 5 times

Waikato Times - - National News -

A Christchurch father did not seek a jail term for the son who stabbed him five times – and he got his wish. The Crown ac­cepted there was an el­e­ment of self-de­fence about the Fe­bru­ary 17 in­ci­dent that led to 19-year-old Mar­cus Hirini be­ing charged with wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm. Af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion in a house in the sub­urb of North­cote, Hirini picked up a kitchen carv­ing knife and stabbed his father in the belly, chest and hand. De­fence coun­sel Chris Nolan urged a home de­ten­tion sen­tence, point­ing out Hirini was a young man with no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for vi­o­lence and the of­fend­ing had been ‘‘re­ac­tionary’’. Christchurch District Court judge Raoul Neave im­posed a term of nine months’ home de­ten­tion to be served at a Bish­op­dale ad­dress, with spe­cial con­di­tions.

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