Home detention for attacking principal

Last updated 14:57 03/04/2013

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A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced to home detention after violently attacking a school principal in his own office.

Daniel Wilson, 39, laid into St Joseph's School principal Peter Ahern during a meeting over concerns a paedophile had been seen on school grounds in Upper Hutt.

The December meeting was initially cordial, but turned violent as it was wrapping up, the Hutt Valley District Court heard today.

As Wilson went to leave, he made a threat to Mr Ahern.

The principal was then attacked after a brief confrontation.

Mr Ahern was punched to the ground and then kicked and stomped in a sustained attack, the court heard.

He received cuts that needed stitches, bruised ribs, a swollen lip and a sore back and jaw.

Wilson later pleaded guilty to a charge of injuring with intent to injure.

Judge Peter Butler said he did not believe Wilson was an inherently violent man.

‘‘He went there with good motives, but things got out of hand.’’

Wilson was remorseful, and had apologised to Mr Ahern at a restorative justice conference.

However the violence of the attack, and the fact it happened on school grounds were aggravating factors, Judge Butler said.

Wilson was sentenced to three months' home detention.

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