Dad’s mercy saves son who stabbed him 5 times
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.