Dunedin Dis­trict Court

Otago Daily Times - - COURT & GENERAL -

‘‘MY con­cern for you is that you are in­stinc­tively an an­gry per­son’’ — that was the warn­ing de­liv­ered by a judge to a 20­year­old who threat­ened to burn down the home of the mother of his two chil­dren, be­fore ar­riv­ing at her house with a base­ball bat.

Caleb Gra­ham Lynn (20) ap­peared in the Dunedin Dis­trict Court yesterday for sen­tenc­ing, on a charge of pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon.

Judge Michael Cros­bie said Lynn al­ready had sev­eral con­vic­tions.

‘‘The vic­tim al­ready knows of your ca­pac­ity for vi­o­lence,’’ he said.

A po­lice sum­mary of facts said Lynn spoke to the woman on the phone on April 3, while she was sit­ting in a parked car.

The pair ar­gued and he said he would ‘‘come and burn the house down with all of you in it . . . and smash the win­dows.’’

Af­ter the call ended he texted her say­ing, ‘‘I’m on the way’’, and the vic­tim and her sis­ter drove to the house.

Lynn and a friend both ar­rived, and parked be­hind the vic­tim, who got out of the car in­tend­ing to re­trieve her young son. He got out of his car and went to open her car door, but the vic­tim closed it, and an ar­gu­ment be­gan.

He got a wooden cricket bat out of the car, and walked to the vic­tim with the bat above his head, swing­ing it at the pas­sen­ger side win­dow where the vic­tim was stand­ing.

Lynn left when his friend in­ter­vened and ush­ered him back to­wards his car. He was sen­tenced to three months’ home de­ten­tion and or­dered to un­der­take coun­selling as di­rected.

A fi­nal pro­tec­tion or­der was made in favour of the vic­tim.

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