Man gets prison for frenzied attack

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 13:01 05/02/2013

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An 18-year-old committed a "frenzied" attack on a woman in her own home because he was angry and he felt like hitting someone.

An aggressive Iziah Abbott was told to leave a Hawke's Bay house where he had been drinking with mates all through the night on May 13, a court heard today.

Angry and upset, he picked up a rock and headed towards a Whakatu house where he knew a 29-year-old woman lived alone.

Abbott tried to club the woman with the rock before pushing his way into her home. He punched her in the head until she fell to the ground. He then kicked her in the face while she screamed for help.

Abbott eventually left the house and hid by a river before going home to wash the woman's blood from his clothes.

Three days later he confessed to police saying he was angry and had wanted to hit someone. He targeted the woman because he knew she lived alone. The woman suffered facial injuries and bruising to her body.

Abbott had an attempted murder charge dropped in December. He did admit to injuring the woman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and committing an aggravated burglary.

In the High Court at Napier today, crown prosecutor Nicola Graham said it was a "frenzied" and "gratuitous" attack.

Abbott's lawyer Eric Forster said it was not a premeditated attack but he was a "drunk young person" reacting to an argument that happened moments before.

Justice Stephen Kos said Abbott had destroyed the woman's trust and that she was entitled to feel safe in her own home.

"It was nasty, it was cruel and you caused the victim significant physical and emotional trauma."

Justice Kos said Abbott had a border line personality disorder and did not know how to deal with his anger.

"It was an immature, impulsive response."

In a letter to the justice, Abbott promised this attack, which was his first offence, would be his last.

However Justice Kos said this was an "optimistic" view because Abbott had become a Black Power prospect. He had no gang connections before the attack but had sought Black power protection while in prison.

Justice Kos said if Abbott did not cut ties with the gang he could be "sucked down a vortex of adult offending".

Justice Kos sentenced Abbott to two years' four months' imprisonment.

Contact Tracey Chatterton
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: tracey.chatterton@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @trackchatt

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