Dunedin District Court
‘‘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.